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Bigger than ever 

WeU, Christmas U here iffaJD, and as usual there's an absdutt bumper crop 
ot neiitf games. But that's not alL Lots of cotnpatties out there aie tuining out 
some really food ^nw& softijvarti actd utilities Tech Ed Adam Waring is 
cunenily scouring the manufacturers for the latest and best CPC goodies - 
and whatevei cornes out, you 11 read it here fiist. 

But what about when Guistmas is over? All we, big, long anii-dimajc? 
Not a bit of it. Codemasters' astonishing new CD system is coming in right 
at the start of a new decade for the CPC - and for Amstrad Action. We ve got 
exciting plsm for the futurt, with ercn mm in-depth, up-to-date and iiiiof ■ 
mative coverage of the CPC scene. And with the results from AA'e biggest 
survey yet being analysed right now, you can be sure well be bringing you 
yet more of what you want froiQ ymi favourite magazine. 

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CODEMASTERS' CD STUNNER! 

Darling brothers release 30 games in one compilation - on compact disc! 



Cfxlemasters has rocked the gamijig industry 
wUh im new CD Games Pack. Whats amaz- 
ing is not iust that the Games Pack costs a 
mer« £19 95 (BTp per game!) bill thai with il 
yoti get both a lead to connect any domestic 
CD player to yonT CPC and the special load- 
ing sohwaie to Load the gamjes in. 

On Ehe massive cqmpitation wilt be such 
past bits at BMX StmuktoL Pinball Sim, Mmja 
Masssae, F^st Food, TieEsuie M^nd Di^iy. 
Four Soccet Suns and Fruil Machm& And 
edihough th« quoted numbi^r of gai^es is 30. ]i 
seems probable thai there will be more like 33 
or 34 when the Games Pack goes on sale. 

But ju^ as ?igniiicaiit a£ the huge number 
of games on the compilation is Codemasters' 
decision to release them all on CD CD ROM 
dnves are eitpensive and rare, and ceitainly 
not available for B-bit hc»ine ihlciqs Itke the 
CPC So Codemasters has inst&ad saved the 
game:^ on the CD as an audio signal - a fax less 
dfiaent format than true CD ROM, but one 
wh]ch nevertheless offeis a huge 3Mb of stot- 
age capacity on a singte disc. 

Th^ Taiwanese -made cables provided with 
the Gaines Pack connea between a standard 
domesitc CD player s eai socket and the |oy 
stick port on the CPC. (Codema^ers chose to 
ise the ioystick port so thai the leads oouJd be 
the same for aU three ma] or 8-bit micros - thus 
keeping the cost down.} Special arcuitiy mside 
the D connector at the ioystick end converts 
the CD's audio signal mto a binary form for 
bading into the machine. 




# t>dvJd [>ir14ng: Sintng on a goldmine? 

Although the CD will be workirig effectively 
JUS' like a tape loader, the much 'cleaner' CD 
Signal and the buiU in error checking incorpo- 
Ittetf m CD p]ayers» allows games to load far. 
far quicker - as qiaickly as 20 seconds for some 
games, m fact. This, plus the fact that any CD 
player will let you go straight to a selected 
track' at will, puts the Gaines Pac}E's perfoi 
mance more ut line wiih a dusk dnve's. 

Seiling games on compact disc has been 
tned before Rainbow Aits ^Id a 6-game com- 
(MlaiEon on CD for the C64 not so long back, but 




• Codtmasier^ G#Tiies Pack: 30 games end^ cabit 
to^ \vrn your CD playvr Into 9 3Mb drive.,. 

at £30 and being for the CG4 only it wa£ of 
mmonty intere^ and offered nothing like the 
value of the Codemasters product. 

But how many compilations can Code- 
makers bring out now that the technology is 
there? The company has a huge back cata- 
logue, bui at 30 games a iime. it can t last long. 

No. the pomt is that Codemasters wjU fust 
of ell establish a huge potential user-base with 
this first - astonishing - bargain Not only will 
the Darlmgs be able to release nev^ compila- 
tions at a k^wei pnce. they will also be able to 



develop whole new styles of games thai use 
the enormous storage capacity of a CD So can 
we expea to see a 3,000 screen Dmy^ Or film 
tie-ms v^th screen aftei screen of digitised 
graphics and full-length soundtracks^ 

The Games Pack may be astonishing value 
ac t19.95, but even more astonishing is the 
potential offered by the sudden accessibility of 
CD storage. 

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Amstrad speaks out 



M Tich Ed Adam Waring man^ 
aged t^ coFlar Amstrad s Markel 
Services Manager Chris Anisley 
at the ShoppierSNow. 

How hard i^ Amslrad push- 
Irig the CPC? , Adam warned to 
know, and what aboul the CPC 
console?' Here's wtiai he got 
out of him.,. 

Will you be advertising the CPC 
on TV over Christmas? 
We re aovettising the Sf^ctmm 
Action Pack on tetev3Sion J don t 

Ihifiit we'll be doing Ttie CPC as 
well. It wogWn"? be a good ^dea to 
advertise ooth of them on televh 
sion because obviousty they're 
bothiiMng m she sanie market- 
It (here any scope lor p^kt 
reductions for ihe hoine com- 
put^rsn especially the CPC? 
I doubt It. H ineres some e^tra 
margin wt tero Eo oHef mtKe - 
wrth Ihe ^ledrum we dfeted the 
Action Pack wiifi ttie lig^t gun. 



And I suppose wllh the CPC 
you're dojng ihe TV modulator? 

Wei! quite. Wet e givi?ig t free w«th 
the cotour versions, and ft has a 
oercieved value of £B0. It wofks 
exirefneiy wetL J might add. 
because the cotour mo^irtor That 
comes with the CPC shafted ife 
as a pon^le teievision cha5$i5 
and tuibe, and quite a qooi quality 
one at that, one of the reason^ 
wtiy CPCs have always been very 
reliable m^chifies- Tlie tuner gwes 
a pcture whk^ is as good as any 
1 4- inch poftaWe colouf TV. 
Have sales Increased dramell- 
cally sin^ce y^ou tHjndied the 
toner with the machine? 
Yby oani really le^i t>ecau£e s^tes 
are so sea^nal. Having e^ac% 
the nghs s:tocks available is difft- 
cuH. ^to mar^u:fac!urer wants to be 
la^de<J wrth huge storts sn the 
Hew Year and so we ^ave often 
un<}efS0U ^ Chnstmas^ II we had 
more slock we oouU have soW 



mora TTie CPC safes are sH! vwy 

buo/ail. Soitie ot \^ press at the 
PC show were tryTg to wnte it ofl. 
putting two and two together and 
making aiwt 6^' There's a fair bft 
otllfe^n|heCPCye!. 
Is there anything in the ptpeline 
Vou can tell me atioui? 
Well ctovicHisly any oomtJany such 
as Amstrad will always be (tevel- 
oping new products, some of 
wfiirfi will see the light of (tey. but 
Its not oor policy lo commem on 
things we might or might not be 
doing in the fixture. 
Is (here anything you can tell 
me about ihe rumours el a con- 
sole based on Ihe CPC? 
Ai any tme wi're Jootang ai 
things, dewetoping thin^ Ttiere 
are things iftat we ve developed 
that have never tut the marl^et. 
which noto^ omtsde Amstfad 
ever Knew aboul I'peopteKnew 
about ihMe. goodiness itrows 
what me njmours would be. ' 



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SHOPPER SHOW '89 



The 24th-Z6th November saw the laiiEich of a 
brand new computer show. Ajmed specifical- 
ly at the buying public, rather than those 
impersonal tiade only shows, tbe first 
Computer Shopper Show had plenty to offer 
th« CPC user. 

The show didn't boast any major new 
launches for the CPC. if s noi thai kind of 
evem The shopper $how is all about sielling, 
and if its bargains you'io after then you've 
oome to the right place. 

It was the box pushers that dominated the 
show, and you could pick tip anything from 
dirt-cheap disks to cut price printers, and stiU 
have enough left over to give a few bob to the 
offioal show sponsorett chanty. ChildUne The 




• Festrvt charity collectors iKiere on hand tq rai$« mon^ fof ClilldLJne. 



thieeday event saw a total of 27.685 paying 
visitors pass through its doors ~ many more 
than ihe expected turn -out of 20,Q00 The fund 
raisers netted £1.875 foi chaniy and people 

actually had to be tamed away on the Sunday 
as Alexandra palace was crammed to burstmg- 
poiui. Nejct year a much larger show is 
planned, and the venue has already been 
nameiJ: See you at 
Wembley folks! 

Not such a 
Mini Office 

Mim Office, the suit^ of 

business programs from 

Shoppe; Show organis 
eis Database 
has just reached 
marh in sales 

The padtage became popular 
because of its full implementation of 
busmess programs at a very afford- 
able pnce. and has been a top 
clioice fO[ serious CPC users. 

The Original Mini Oliice had ^Id 
200.000 units befoie tsemg 

revamped and re- released as Mmi 
OiliCB II which carried on to 
become one of hottest sellers in the 




half- mill ion 




# Over 27jOOO people lurned up lor |[te Shopper Show - 3C-40% mora Itiar exp»c1ed. 



DTP Update 

TwQ riv^l DTP packages hit Ihe headlines itils 
rromh. Both have been on the market for sofTw 
fimen but have been relaunched by the publishers. 

SO Uierosystems has relaunched Psge 
Publisher. Ortginally a very low-key release mar- 
keied by Ihe package s programmer SD has a*fed 
proper packaging and is advertising the product - 
(o for a widei audience- Normally retailing at 
£34.95, it can be bought al the s^pecJal launch price 
ol 1119.95 if you buy before the f nd ol January, Talk 
to SD Mjcfosystems on 0462 422897. 



Mirrorsofi s Ffeef Street E<fiior h^ 
major update to its capabilities 

The orfgjnal version was 
slamrT>ed by the press as 
being altogether too little., loo 
late. 

Hopelully the improve- 
menl^ will have gone a long 
way towards rtciifying this 
T>iepaE;kageT&tams;t$ 
£39.99 prtce lag, and existing 
users can upgrade tor a len- 
n«r. Minorsoft is on 01 929 



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hMory of home oompuier software. 

The oiiginal package is now even che 
costing a mere C2 39 from Sumimt Soltwa 
indudes a word processor database, sp 

sheet and busmess graphics programs. . 
Office a cosxs £14.95 on tape and ei9.S 
disk. Database Softwaie can he leache 
0e2& a78B88. 

Lessons to bo 
learnod 

Database has had a very busy 
month The firm is also ceie- Nu^ 
bfaiing selLmg SQ^QOO copies ol ^jj 
Fun School 2, the widely ^"^ 
acclaimed senes ol educational 
programs. The software, 
designed by teachers 
for several different 
age groups, 

astounded every- 
body not least the 
pLibhshers ihemselves 
when II leapt into the 
top selling ^ofiwaTe 
charts, usually eKclusively 
dommatad by games. 

Th& firm's success in get- 
tmg non-game titles into the chaiis 3s ati 
ed to the software being Sow-cost. weU-w 
and produced acro^ a wide range of 
computer^. 



CHRISTMAS ADVENTURl 

If you 00 under the psuedonym of 6ria?i 
fitoodaxe. or Scurgs the Troli, or even the 
then you fm^ be or^ of those adverrtipns 
irtffi sofvetrid^y p«ob4«f?isand hade <k\ 

Topto^Ra. th« adve^tyie specialL^t. can 
ply your Christmas fatiopes for fewer ^d p^i 
tha^ pravjotisly hs top advefilyr& pro^^ns^ 
iitdu^ Avm. Achetofi. Comtdovm to An 
md Phihse^phers Quasi 3ft ivaiaUt forth 
y^deilde season at ordy £1 1 Si, Iha usud pri 
be^T^ tUM. Tte gam^ are also ^Sscot^e^ 
a fufthef 10% for addrt^on^ gam^ bouglrt. i^ 
a maximufn ot 30% on foui or more advening 

For rfufe derails , cofitad Toplogika of^ Gj 






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Sexist Software 

Oasii, the Organisation against Sexism in 
Soltware, has just completed lis first year. 

The pressure group was set up by outra 
feminists after the release of such products 
B^AAd^n and Strip Poker games, which por 
female sexual stereotypes fn their aduertis in 
game content 

Lihe-minded persons can join the organ 
thm by sending the £3 memberihip lee to: 

Sandra Wagil, 3 AWen Court , Stanley Ro^ 
WinAMOfi, London SW19 8RO. 






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Board game Monopoly 

Leisure Genius is attempiing to sweep the 
board of game compilations with Uis 
launch of iis new triple pack of tape cias- 
sira' The company has combined CPC ver- 
sions of Scrabbie, C/uedo, and Monopoiy for 
£19.99 - disk useis get Monopoly and 
Cluedo for the same price. Ideal for all 
those people who need to know who 
dunn'ii. who soid it and how to spell ill 



dSSr* MONOPOL 



HARD DRIVIN' - HARD CODIN 



MONOPOLY 





As the ro^ds get jammed with rating 
games'. Domark haa finished the long -await- 
ed conversion of H&rd Dririn'. 

Not merely a game , this i$ actually a simu^ 
lator, where learning to drit^e comes first and 
going fast comes later. You are put behind the 
wheel of a car that handles like a racer but 
looks like a Comna. There are two iracks lo 
race on - a speed circuit and a ^tunt course - 
both featuring th© 'Ph^jntom Photon' as an 
oppcnenl. 

It h^s all ihose lovely tittle features like 

-^rsteer and manual gear change jnst to 

make life more inLeresting, and looks as if the 



On the Edge 



^^ The Edge is back tn towii, thi$ Lime 
toutimg its new shoc^-em tip 
Daiius "i-. A honaontally- 
sCToiling blast out. the game 
sets you the task of saving the 
world in a sub-aquatic battle 
for survival. 28 levels Df may- 
hem aire promised as you face up 
10 nasties armed with some ol Ihe 
evil weaponry mankind has ever 
conceived" AA will be gettuig studr In fusE 
as soon as the game arrives. 




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• Hard Drivin' programmer Mike Day dklirig s^ine real 
codfr^lugglFngiirean)! 



Games without frontiers 



With WB2 didwing mm closer, Coicili.neiit*| 
■raftwar^ hmj^«^ aia i>&gijming iq mc>v(3 in otf 
the British iMrKet. Soon m hit thesc^ nh<it^i^ 
are WW geijift$ trom tiSl Soft, Hainbowr Aits 
and Infograme^. UBT Soft kicks oS witli a 
t)evy of new pfoduog that indude^ Pro 
Temm T&m and PdBlfw Sifft. Ota) la a 
friraigtit sports ^m that w^ CTlticaUy well 
received on other farm;ais, while Pulty, is a 
cittGsy game that ha is a lovdtjfe IftUe ball crea 
ttiro Vi?ajid^ring through a trap filled maie. 
Bmh g^mm should be here very shortly 

Raiiibow Ana Mb broken its tog CPC 
sOrace with Rock and HoM. tn ihB gitme ydu 
control a a ball that has to be guided aiouivd 
a mate oollecting all kiit^is of gocdies such as 
keys aod c^sh Aco^mpanied by lolly tones 
and tuitd colours, the game IjiMka fasstrating' 
ly good fun. AA will be having a baU with \l 
next mon&h. so si:ay tuned for moie Rook am} 
Ron 



l#RQck n' roll the sph&rdicfsL way... 











Rainbow 
itf, Arhs 



Ratnboiv Alts has also a 
thing of a mup hi pnmiu the prograninj^rg d 
FvfgQum Wcfid^ ^wwt tt<m Capcom con- 
verteia US Gold for another proiea, X « Out. 
Few details have been released as yet, hut Ml 
the detAili on the ARC Development crew 
wQl be here next monih. 

tologmmet, which launciwi its Untiu 
BBiim this month vrith On TM Moon, hm 
annoimced that it is plArmiag « immber ^ faV 
low-up pirojects, R^ fiaotraajafe Twa^ure is 
fiijgt on the list aod wJJl Mow the comic ttook 
ctoseiy for hoth ptot m& acitioii sc^es. It's 
aiready being coded and slKmld be here \n 
the following year. Let h hofie lofogrames hue 
got over die ^pbojla d the iicsnce thai led 
to sych a w&ai op^aer on the gaitieplay front 
In Tmtia on t/ie Moon {^m fiiU revi<3W tto 
issue). 



lUPH KZY^TO START 




• Loo4<s like a Speccy. plays like a Cray {almosL). 

wait has been won h while, [t qsos 3D the lilte 
Df which has only been dreamed of before, and 
ih^ results are bieath takingly compleit^ The 
Freescape-style track moves fasL - t^^r^ last - 
and any accidents are peinJulJy leonacted fiom 
a side on viewpoint, so you see yoyrsell Qy 
through the air and mto trucfe. The "L platen 
will be off next month with a full review. 

The game has been coded by Binary 
Design, the team which brought us Stunobi. 
Mike Day is the member of the team who has 
boen doing thfi hard nymber crunchln'. and 

he's been woik- 
ing on the projea 
since July. He 
claims to he a 
260 specialist, 
and on first 
inspection this 
doesn I appear to 
b^ an idle boast. 




Punch Up 




Budget licences are a 
relatively new phe- 
nomenon Ui gaming 
cndes. but are the 
foite of Alternaiive 
Software Following 
the success of 
Po^cjnan Pat 

Alternative is now launching tv-i^o more 
games aimed direaly ai the younger mar- 
ket. Punch and Judy have ai rived {ihai's 
Lhe way to do it! - ed) and soon to follow 
aie the advemuies of Sooty and Sweep. 
This IS a new approach to games market- 
ing and If the games are as succesdtil as 
Pa[ then we could see a whole new market 
blossoming for licenced^ product at ndroi- 
lously good prices. 




• Look nc h^nd&'ScM^ty and Sweep: Alternative 
pulls some strings. 



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•CPC obsolete? 

In the latest edition of 

Ammrad Action you 

have two artjcles which 

comment on ihe Mui^ 

of the Amsirad CPC 

6128. The first indicates 

that Dixoiis are going \q hq 

uldate their stocks at £250 a unit 

and the second that Amstrad wtll be marketing 

a console onit. 

These two articles follow others concerning 
software manufactureis who intend no tongei 
10 develop products for the CPC range, 1 am 
now askmg myself whether there \s any future 
m the machine and if I shoUild not be lookmg to 
another system for future investment In equip- 
ment 

I use my CPC 6128 for my smaU business 
and run firunning's Intoscnpt and Siiperca/c 2 
I hav& A 256K memory eKtension My datigh 
teis also usas the system for games and AMX 
Stop Press add E^siaii. 

1 am considering purchasing a smond sys 
tem and a second disc diive This will be a 
waste if shortly the CPC is obsolete and theie 
js difficulty in finding software, discs, and 
spares. 

An investigative report from your fearless 
magaiin^ would, I am suie, produce the 
answers to these issues At the moment I can 
only speculate on the probable outcome 

D H Aibmckle 
Ingatastone. Elssex 

AA-^ Well. Mr Arbudde. rumoujs about the 
CPCs discontinu6Liion have been going the 
rounds for as long as we can remembei, and 
look set to carry on for as long again before 
the machine actually is dropped. The point ss, 
its a good^ steady seJter and makes AmsuAd 
money, t/nrii that changes, the mavhme will 
canf on. 




As for being obsolete, il it does whM you 
need n to there hardly seems any reason to 
upgrade. As hug as there are CPCs out there, 
people wdl siUl write software for them, so I 
wouldn't have a/iy wornes on thai score. 

And as far as obfsining spares in the 
future js com^rii^, Amstrad wiB b^ve siockB 
ot spares long after the machine is disoontin- 
ued Anyway, the CPC js an extremely reliable 
machine In the words ot Adam Wanng. our 
Technical Editoi it is quire ^irupSy "huili hke a 
t^nkv 

•Speaking up 

1 have receeitly bought off a fnend the 
"Amstrad speech synthesiser and stereo ampli- 
fier mcluding speakers" package for the CPC 
464. code SSA-l. f am wondenng if you still get 
the speech synthesiser cassette, because the 
one I bought off my friend is broken. 
Please cm you hdp me? 

Jonathan White 
Essex 

AA: We're not qune sure ot the package you 
mem. Jonathan Datei advertises a Speech 
Synthesiser and Siereo Sound Soosiei' (see 
the ad this \ss\iel U might be wonh giving 

ihem a call on 0782 744707. Failmg thai aie 
there any readers out there who can heip^ 



•Eaming theii Keep 

I am v/nling to congratulate Castle 
Computers on their excellent mail order 
service becaose their games are always 
deliwered within three days of ordermg 
them, f am always pleased with the goods 
and I would recommend Castle Computers 
to anyone. 

Catherine Buckiand 
Cheltenham 



iCPC612S- -builllikaataor 



•Diskgraceful! 

1 own an Amstrad CPC 464 and couple of years 
ago I bought a disk drive which is really handy 

as It saves the loading time ol games. But to 
my despair I am unable to obtain games on 
disc anywhere and it's really annoying. Where 
I live, there are plenty of shop$ that seU CPC 
software but ils all on TAPE'^""' If ever I want 
a disc game I have to order it by post winch 
takes ages or join one of these clubs. Anyone 
who owns a 664 or 6128 which has no tape 
player has my greatest sympathies"! I 

Edward Matthews 
Nottingham 

AA; Well aJI we can say to those naughty 



retaders is JOLLY BAD SHOW We reckon 
about hallom readers have 612Ss by now. so 
Its about time retaiiers c$ught up Speciatist 
computer shops ought to be able to sell you 
disk versions, so see it there are any m your 
area. 

•Size-ist comiQeiits 

Why have you not reviewed Carrier CommandR 
I bought ]t on release day and eagerly awaited 
tor a Mastergame review. II it's because 
Rajnbird didn't send a copy of for leview then 
Up' them [ suppose. Oh yea - it's 6 128 only so 
*"* to Micliael Heyes oJ Lanes AA51' 1 think 
aU 64K Amstrad users should be held at gun- 
point and made to upgrade lo 12SK so all soft 
waie houses would take advantage of the 
extra memory, Wei!. 1 know Ocean usually do 
so Tm collecting all their new software nowi 

A A will go on for ever won't it? Tve con- 
vmced myself its not wonh upgrading to Uie 
Amiga as my &1 28 is too good a fnendn so at 
least I'll be buying for ever! 

Well thanks for leading this letter and keep 
this gieat rnag going. 

Pbil Blown 
Hatfield. Herts 
PS If printed please say hi to Jo, Kim & Tiacey! 
(Please, they would love you for ever) 




# Why d^dnl AA review Carrier Commamf? 

AAr The reason we never reviewed Carrier 
Command i^ thar - as you rightly surmised - 
we ne^er got a revjew copy We stiil don't 
know whether tins had anytlui^g lo do with 
the tad that a was a blatant Speccyport 

As for making 64K owners upgrade at giin- 
pomi smely theyVe got someitnng lo say 
about that? {Wh^. me 3 trouJbJamafter^ No. 
never ho hoi 

And yes, AA mil go on for ever. Unlike 
^me other CPC mags which just seem to go 
on for ever... 



Hi 



AmSTttAD ACTiOM 11 



mEACTtON 



•Abaid'stale.,. 

This poem was penned durin^i a huFSt of 

insptraiion brought on by my hasband and 
two sons (age^ 5 and 3) abandoning m^ and 
llie ijgatabie tq use the oQinputeL 

Mayte it will siike a chord with ^ few 
vtf Lv&s who, like me have a nuld intei esi in 
COIXl|)Ut€rs and scan ihiough AA wh^ri their 
huii^andsaieom^ 

Ke^p up the good work, you keep HIM 
happy foT hours f! 

Mrs Susan BertTam 
BoHon, Lanes 

Now we were married som& eight years 

ago 

Since day orie Ive been a oontputer widow. 

Night alter night t ve sat knitting 

While all the computer keys HE'S hitting 
How guick they travel up and down 
Accompanied by a smile, often a frown. 
Seasons come and seasons go 

Spnng. summor Autumn and winter with 



snow 

A new game is puichased. so I'll have to go, 

Don't think I'U ever make a golfmg pro! 

A new hoi^se now. thai is it 

First pnonty • where will the computer fit 

Can 1 really take the strain, 

Or shonlij I leave on the n$xt train. 

But now at last after eight long years. 

There's an Md in sight to all my fears. 

U it can't be beat then lets join in 

t pick up the art package and what's within 

Can be used for tabnc and knicting design ^ 

M kinds or Ideas run through my mmd 

What will the next 8 years hold in stored 

Who will yse the computer more'^ 

And will it be for knitting, or For f un^ 

Or will we both be beaten by our oldest 

sron? 

At five years old he's already hooked 

] can see the compntei wiU be fully booked. 

AA: Follow that! No, on second thoughts. . . 



iSky's the limit 

In the May issue of Am^trad Action. (AA441. 
One or your readeis, a Mr G Dunbar asked you 
a^nl software on astronomy (or the 6128 You 
quoted Astro 2001 Planeianum from one called 
^^T Wawhei (Soft 1915J from Amstrad. I 
obtained it ine July l&e6, it cost £20-35 then. H 
it E stiJl available {which I doubt) it is most like- 
ly much more now ' 

n Mr Dunbar is interested. I have severa] 
programs on astronomy One of them is yo^J 
SqIbf Sysiem which was b^ed m one o! v^ur 
mags, (can't remember which sssue it was 
now), which 1 typed in (and u workedi I also 
have a program f compiled myself, which, for 
want of a better title I have called SKYATNIT ft 
is ISK and menu-driven. T started it in 1906 (I 
think') and have just, with the help of a friend. 
Euiished. 

So. if. Mi Dunbar or anyone else would like 
copies of these programs, alt they have to do is 
send me a disc md I will transfer my coptea for 
them. 

AU I ask, IS that they send cheque/postal 
Oifder for Oite pound, to cover postage and my 
time ^poht on completing Sky^Lnjt I also hope 
that they rememf^er Sky^tnit is mycopyright. 

f guarantee to return aU dtscs with the 
above programs duly^gved on chem. on the 
understanding that all discs are properly lor- 
matted and error-free. 

Also, if anyone would like a copy of a text 
only adventure. (whJCh is also my copytightlj, 
it takes up 33 K and has 120 looauons to visit. 
Send a formatted disc and one pound and Hi 
return a ccpy. with the same gurantee as 
above. 

1 take this opportunity to wish aH at AA 
and its readers, a very merry Christmas Keep 
programing ladies and CenLsl 

George Baxter 

4 Chancel Close 

West Kingsdown 

Sevenoaks 



Kent TW15 BUD 
PS Please note, that SkyMmi and my adventure 
are both m BASIC ooiy 

AA^ rhanJcs for the help. George, bm there is 
one impoftan! pomt You can't send people 
dupIiCBies ol mmmeraai software - ibars 
piracy f Anything you've wntien youfseJf is 
/me. ihoEjgh, &s is public domain ^oitwane. li 
anyone wants ro take Geoige Baxter up on his 
o{f€L give us ^ cail and we'll pass on die 
address. 

•The ultimate add*on? 

[ am wntmg to tell you about the brain wave I 
had last night in bed (I don't ttnnk I want to 
hear riiis - etf), I thought that it would be a 
good Idea if there was a chp-on disc dnve, and 
MK memory device that ^11 us much-depnved 
464 users could buy [ptiew^] It would have 
many more commands sych as 'Graphics Pen', 
so that people wouldn t get sleepless nig Jits 
over thinking that their 464 was broken. 

All of the parts would come out of the other 
side &a as not lo stop the loystick and such tike 
being inserted. 

Matthew Marsden 
Slough, Berks 



AMSWD 



i^ j. IK? ^5 



^^P^ 



• Ttie yflimale CPC acW-on? JusI plug in and go. 



hAA: a very mmresimg jdea, Matthew. Has 
anyone else got anp bram wave^ ios tsansioim- 
ing the CPC^ 

•Putting the record STRAIGHT 

I am wiiimg to you 50 you can get your facts 
nght- In the Jane 69 issue of your mag you 
had a footie special, and on page 40 you have a 
coloumn saymg some football firsts. 

WeU when I $ay thi^ I am speaking for all of 
ST HELENS and WEST AUCKLAND fboth next 
10 each other ). You say that in 1930 (July) 
Uruguay won the first World Cup Yes, you ve 
got It - it's wrong I WEST AUCKLAND won it- 
we beat Juventus. 1 do not know the date but 
we won it (The LIPTON'S WORLD CUP) as it iS; 
ourW.M.C. 

P S ]f you want proof I wiU get it 1 love the 
Mag> 

M Shepherd ^ 
Diithacn 

AA; tVeH bow EXTRAORDINARY We o^n't 
IMAGINE how we came to omlook SUCH a 
blundei. Howeve^r, }ust for BEING a smartte, 
ym wiU get NO pnze (Ho hoj 

•Wot, no Sprite Driver? Er, no,,. 

Back in Apnl B3 (AA43) you piinted a Type-m 
called Spnte Editor and promised a sprite drhr^ 
er hsting to totlow 

This did not appear {ai!i. no. buL.^P but 
mention was made of this appearing on a free 
cover tape (yes. OK. we did say } and indeed 
the one supplied with AA49 m October does 
say on the label (ah. yes now we can explain 
this .] that Sprifes Driver is on side B Alas, on 
my copy (no, ^r. well.) a dMS not exjst. and 
assuming this was a label pnntmg error {well, 
nor exactly] I expected to read of it in a later 
issue. Have I missed a report hidden in the 
depths of the Noven^bei AA, or is my tape 
faulty? Please ctanfy 

Matthew Craven 
Bury, Lanes 

AA' WeJJ it's iike this. Ex T^h Ed Pat 
M^cDonaJd was deimteiy gomg to vmte the 
Sprite Dnver at any moment. The trouble is, 
that moment never arrw&i, and Pat is no 
longer with us. And aket ail those months on 
the edge^ ot our seats... we can only apoio- 
gise. 

•Untitled 

Every mag every shop but nowhere can I find 
a computer video titling ®et for the CPC 464. 1 
now am having to lODk foi a Speccyfn (but at 
least it has a tiilmg prog) please can you save 
me and tell me - is there one?^? 

Daniel Bourae 
London 

AA. We don'£ know of one. but then if some- 
one out there km^ws b^tei.,. 

•Vive le diffeieiice! 

Being nev# to the computer scene. I have been 
buying different mags to see what software 
availability there is for the different machines 



12 A MS m AD ACrfOM 



RmACTtOH 



available I hAw decKted to go ioi an Ammrad 
CPC6128. 

I saw your magazine in my local paper shop 
and I must say it was the be^t nnagazme out of 
the many I had read - though 1 was surprisEd 
at C Hatrisons r ^marJss about the Priee. 1 would 
Imagine he is still buying the magazine and 
wil] s^G Llus letter becayse simply for mforma- 
tion news, reviews and much more £1.45 is 
gieaE ^aiue nowadays compared to some of the 
''comics" ] read through Defindlely worth siib- 
SCiibmg to. 

Finaily, the "Broadley" column $eems lo 
imply thai the only adiianiage between cras^ 
sette and dish is d^sk faster loading Is the soft- 
ware available on CPC disk exactly the same 
as that on tape f except for pi ice)? 

Omrdon Mackle 
Fife, Scotland 

AA: Gosh. &i. thsnks for ihQS& word of piaise. 
In ^swer to youi quesihn, there J^ 3 great 
dfl^ of serious software for the CPC which 
will ordy work on the G128. wiih its exir^ 
memoTy. In these cases, the progiams are sup- 
phed on disk only, and wiit not work on the 
CPC464 Aiso, whiie the rest of the program$ 
assailable - including neariy aU games - are 
pieity much identical on both tape and disk, 
its easy to underestimate the far gmatBt con- 
venience, rehablity and genetal lime'Savmg 
that a^mes from disk-based software. 

tFree advice 

The enclosed tape was purchased from a Post 
Office for 60p. The^f had a box of assorted 
Amsirad and othez oompyter companies tapes 
all at 50p. The first one [ purchased did not 
work and on taking it bach lo the ^hop was 
given this one in exchange . It too does not 
work so 1 am retuining it to you (or your views. 
I have been looking for a copy of this tape, 
so if you could replace it, it would be appreeiat- 
ed, However H seems to me ihst this partioilai 
Shop is trying to sell tapes that should have 
been returned to the companjes having been 



•Subs on tick 

I have owned a 612B for several months but 
have only recently cxime across the won- 
ders of your bnlbant magazme. I would like 
10 subscribe to AA but 1 simply cannot 
afford to send you the fee of £17.95 all at 
once. 

II you offered the option of paying for a 
subscription in 3-month stages raihei than 
a lump sum. I am sure that more people, 
including myself, would subscribe to you. 

Richard Lorrison 
Colne. Lanes 

A4: Weil we spoke to om Subsciipuons 
Mantiger, Jane Nolan, whosmi USBwBy 
With a flea in our ear because shes 
already cuctmg maigins lo the bone at the 
current pric& anyway. Nevettheless, we 
QOi her to agree to look into the idea if 
enough p&opie wrote m. So you know 
whBt you've got to do, don 't you.' 



i 



returned by other customers on being found to 
be faulty, [[ so these should not be re sold. 

Mr M Long 
Malvern, Worcs 

AA: Wmm. A tad naughty metlunks. In fact, 
we spoke 10 the propnerof conce/ned. and fie 
assured us whilst being toasted over hot coals 
thai the ca^^erte mu$t have fallen in thB box 
"by mistake tVha teller tfie whys and where 
fores, AA Covertapes are NOT FOB RESALE. 
They are 0ven away (ree as pari of the maga- 
zine (Everyone out thme hstening?} Some 
newsagents (bless Uieir little cotton sock&i are 
in the habit of taking the tapes off. storing 
them behind the oounter and leuniimg them 
with the magazine onJy when sorrr^one buys 
it - so il iheie's no tape on the covBr. ask for 
one. 




• OATACFUrm 



# The AA Cpv^rtape. A&ioKytely beyond prict - 
Ih^t's why IherB isn't onf . 



•To copy or not to copy? 

My son had been saving his money to buy 
Afiei Burner, and when it arrived I had a quick 
game to see what it was like, as usual it beat 
me after a minute [ took the disk out and pow- 
ered off the machme When my son tried to 
load it latex it would not load, so I had a go at 
loading it No matter what I tried ii would not 
work t checked the disk for errors but found 
none. 1 novtf take disk backups of all his expen- 
sive disks, only this time I didn't do it first. 

I took a backup of Aftejburner to see if that 
would fail, but it didn't, so t rebuilt the speed- 
lock, and ihe game worked. As a backup had 
been made I attempted to rebuild the speed- 
lock on the original. (I know this will invalidate 
any guarantee but we want a working game). 
Now it load^ every tune, and the only thing ! 
can think of was thai ihe speedlock had a 
weak signal. 

[ knowthe s<}ftware houses have to protect 
the games, but why do ihey have to push my 
disk dnve and controller to the limit to do so"? 
Secondly, [ am the only one who uses these 
backups, and I made them becuase \ don't like 
all the time and problems that 1 had getting a 
game that doesn't work replaced by a targe 
software house - we bought the game, so why 
can't we play it^ 

[ do agreed with Emma Broadley in AA4a 
It's OUT game as long as we don't sell or give 
the copies away. Under the new act. though, 
does this mean that only the purchaser of the 
game can play it. If this is the case, it is illegal 
for my son's fnends to play these games witta 
him? 

If so I thing the market wiU die. 

Nigel Melts 
Middlesex 



•A nice man, a very nice man.. 

Thanks for highlighting the phght of 
Michael Schofield. who has been trying to 
join the Amstrad Home Computer Club. 
{Amstjad Aaion Letters: November assue.) 

Unfortunately we can't find Mr 
Schofietd's details on our computer without 
his fuU address. Perhaps you could help us 
out, either by giving me his address or by 
printing this letter 

If you can help, then I'll deal with Mr 
Schofield s case personally. 

Phil G<^ sell 

Marketing Manager 

Home Computer Clubs 

Book Club Associates 

87 Newrnan Street 

London W1P4EN 

AA: What nice people! 



AA: There's no problem with making backups 
for you( own purposes. As you say, you 
bought the softwaie and you're enliUed io use 
iL Neither is there any problem with your son 
and h}S fnends playing your games. You can 
give away your own copy or let other people 
use Jt as much a$ you like - what you must not 
do is make anothei copy tor them while keep- 
ing your own. 

•Talk to me! 

My mum wants to gtt a (dictaphone is what 
she calls it) thing for speaking through a micro- 
phone and the words come up on the screen. 
Can you get one for the CPC? 

Jonathan Wilton 
Loughgillyp Co, Armagh 

AA: The good news is thai it has been done 
The bad news is that Jt hasn't been done on a 
CPC. Getting a compute/ to recognise speech 
is very difficaU mdeed because people speak 
at different speBds, with different accents and 
so on, So Vm afraid the simple answer is no. 

•Best is yet to come 

[ remember about this time last year ther& 
were many people wiittng in to your fab maga^ 
^ine asking if you thought that Xmas 88 would 
be the last stand for CPC games, Admittedly, 
theie was consideiable evidence to support 
their case, but looh what has happened since. 1 

If anything, the CPC market has grown, 
especially with the recent price cuts. 
Increasinglji Arnold versions of games are 
becoming the best of the 8-hus. and with 
French software houses supplying only STs 
and us (noi Speocys or 64s), the future looks 
anything but bleak. Programmers have reached 
the limits of the above two, but not the Amold 
(well, apart from Purple Saturn Day) 

What Vm saying is don't upgrade yet. fel^ 
low Aoisters. There is more to aim e^ 

EM 
Sunderland 

AA: Give that man a cigaii (You do smoke, 
don't you.,.?} 

AMSTftAD ACTt€»M 49^ 



THAT WOMAN 




EMMA BROADLEY sinks hei 
teeth into Amstrad's advertising 
allocations. And will 
Codemasters make the most of 
the CD Games Pack? Plus - the 
end of the sex 'n' violence 
debate... 



Codemasters has pull€d off a maioi coup 
with lis new CO Games Pack - hut will 
11 capitalist 01} lis success? 
What people - possibly even the DarUng 
brothers Uiemsel^es - se^m tc iose sight of is 
the sheer technical achievement. Purists will 
call it a bodge, but th€ point is Et works, No, 
instead everyojie is raving about the number of 
games on the CD. which makes aboui as much 
tense as Sir Ftands Drahe comimenUno on the 
quality ol the Spanish cannonballs^ 

So what makes xhe CD Games Pack so 
imponaiLt? Certainly it's not the 30 budget 
games on the disc. No, it's the technology 
Codemasters has developed that's fascinating. 
Forget e]q>60siive and esotenc CD ROM dnves 
thai oiilT OUi per cent of the population will be 
able to alfoid anyway - Codemasters has pro 
duoed a system which requires no additional 
hardware and brings mass CD storage to the 
masses - all for the price of a 16 bit game! 

Practical solutions 

The Codemasters solution is decidedJy low- 
tech, but it's also veiy simple. The maximum 
capacity of the Games Pach CD is probably no 
more than 3Mb. while a true CD-ROM disk wtU 
hold nearer 6(X)Mb And with thg Cannes Pack, 
you have to operate your CD player manually 
as opposed to a true CD ROM drive, which is 
contiolled automatically by the computer. But 
Codemasteis has still turned domestic CD 
players mto a potential disc dnves tliat even 
tape based 464 owners can use, 

Aidmitiedly the CD pSayer will work more 
like a tape loader, since the data is recorded as 
an audio Signal rather than digitally, but the 
ability to select tiacks instanianeously, couple 
with the much fa^er loading speed and far 
higher reliability puts the CD player far do^er 
to a disk drive than a tape loader m actual per- 
formance. 

These loading speeds could, oombmsd with 
a CD's immense storage capacity, hold the key 
to an entirely new generation of CPC applica- 
tioDiS. These aie gone into in more detail in the 
special CD Games Pack feature on page 3S of 



this iss:ue, but quite Simply the potenciat is 
breathtaking. 

Cashing in 

But Will anything come of it^ The Daihngs may 
be experts m the production and marketing of 
biidget software, bui have they s|>awned 
something potentially bigger than they aie'? 

The series of innovauons that Codemasters 
has come up with - leads containing audio-dig- 
Jtal signal coversion circuitry, loadmg via the 
joysuck port etc - are interesting but not 
entirely remarkable. Most competent hard- 
ware/software engineers could have solved the 
technical problems - individually Codemasters 
has, however, solved the problems en masse - 
and a solution to a whole problera is worth a 
hundred tunes more than merely solutions to 
all the little problems that make it up It s mak- 
ing the system work, not just the components. 



Now Lf it was me. T wouM sell that solution 
harder than I would sell any specific CD game 
or compilation. There must be more than a few 
software houses out Ehete which would be 
loath !X3 attempt the same development feat 
themselves - but which would be more than 
Interested in paying a small consideration to 
be able lo use Codemasters' tned and tested 
methods... 

Maybe it's time the Darlings changed gear, 
especially if they can oonEtnue to turn out high- 
ly innovative - and supreme! v practical - prod^ 
ucts like the CD Games Pack. The way I see it. 
the Darimgs have a decision - ihey can either 
let a golden opportunity slip away, or become a 
major fori^ m computing. 



Broadley Brickbats 

It you ve got anything lo say aboui Ws Broadtey s 
column, or the opLNons ihetein, «rit6 lo: 



Broadley Brickbats, Amstrad Action, 4 
Queen Street Bath BA11EJ 

Ms Broadley s opinions are not neces^ffl^ irio$« 
of the edilorial team. We should also point omt 
Ihai ^nyor>€ wishing lo lahe tssue wllh Ms 
Broadley on any ol the topics covered may well 
be refused medk:al insurwce^ 



AMSTRAD WRONG AGAIN! 



Astonlstiir^g. Amsirad b spending a paltry 
C&OO.O^OO on prcmoiing I he CPC Ihis Chrislmas. 
while E2.5 million ts being ihrown aiMay on pushing 
itieSpeciRjfii! 

it seems Itiat Ihe CPC ^11 only be advertised in 
Ihe national press, while th« Spectrum Action Paek 
will be on the TV. QuilA why Amstrad should pnX so 
much money behind the Spectrum is quite beycrid 



me. The CPC is pEatnly the superior machine in 
every technical respect. The only possibility I can 
thtnS^ of Is that they don t need to push the CPC. 
while countless millions ct unsold Spectarms aft 
mouldering away on warehouse shelves in some 
forgotten corner of Ihe glot>e. Otherwise, 
Amstrad 's elision maJ^es no sertsa whatsoe¥er. 
But then what & new? 



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if m^t often the only sentlWt 
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pmit^ The TurlKi Combat 
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effad, the number of women 
atudylng computing lartously it 
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mER BURNER- You ve played 
the arcade smasli - now 
experience ihe white -knuckled 
realism of a supersonic dogrigHc 
at home! Using your heat- 
seehlng missites and laser anil- 
grcrart fire, can you be top gun 
fiaifist supersonic swarm? 

Experience brali\-mjmt)ing 6- 
forces; tiones raiiling with tne 
t)ot(y-]amng pitch and yaw . . . 
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Once tieaten. but not destropd, 
the evil Siiogun Kunltohl used all 
his mystic powers to transport 
himself Through time and 
establish a new empire or 
tyranny in modern day 
Manhattan In rear of KunitoKi's 
growmg powers, the arcane 
gotts used all their wisdom to 
bring you, the Last Nlnja, across 
the abyss of time and confront 
your arch-enemy once moreYdu 
arrive in this frightening and 
awesome modeni world bringmg 
nothing with gou save your 
intelligence. shiU and cunning 
and a bummg desire tnr 
vengeance Wilt this be the finai 
battle? Can you vantiulsh 
Kunitokl once and for all? 
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TTieWlMiifg Tiiostftiiiiras 
spons car race comes to 
your home computer sct^eti 
with this exciting sltnulatlon 
ofthe 24 hour Le Mans race. 
V\lbrld endurance 
Championship sports cars 
battle through day and night 
sequences where both 
strategy and drivmg skills > 
required to tahe the winner's 
laurels This stimulating 
diatlenge inspired by 
Konami's sit in driving 
simulator reproduces all the 
elements at the famous race 
with every twist and turn of 
the tracK. 



Sftlllfdl Dragitmming has 
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The AA Xmas Covertape 



It's that time of year again when 
socks are getting nailed to walls 
and final demands are being writ* 
ten to Santa, Yes, Chiistmas is 
heading this way» and to help 
spread the cheer here's the sensa- 
tional seasonal AA cover tape, 
crammed with goodies... 

THE UNTOUCHA&LES 
BY: OCEAN 

SIDE: 1 

FILES: UNTOUCH,BASt 

UNTOUCH.BINp UNTOUCRSND 

"Duj , Hey. "mm, l^^ks IjMe wi^i goita a gix)d un 
here. Va know we's gotta lake a suoU round 
Chicago and put an end lo thai sucker Capone 
Why, rd like m liU hmi full o" lead. . . " 

B^ck you go. to the heady days of prohibi- 
tion You're a G man. a special breed of 
untouchable Govemmem agent, whose pb it is 

10 bring an end to 
hi Capone and his 
mercenaries. 
Oh, and you 
doDt tal^e 
kindly to 
bribes, beer 
and bioads 
Tftni play EUim 
Ness, leader of 
the Untouchables, 
and must obtain 
suffsciem evi- 
dence lo 




• A near miss, bits Hying oH ihte wiEf, 





# Blasi the baddies ^s they lean ojt. 




;3oss. ya's oo^nfusung me." 

The covertape acually contains the whole 
of Level Three, where EUioi Ness and his bud- 
dies must wipe out tht gangsters in the alley- 
ways. You're making your way to Chicago 
Central Station to $top Al Capone's acDOuntant 
escaping. Fue by moving ihe crossMiis and 
duck behind the wall id leload, 

BY: AKOM 

SIDE: 2 

FILES: SUN.BIN, SUN1.BIN 

Sun icjadets have been peisecuted for a long, 
tirEie. accused of stupidity and supposedly noi 
canng who is prime minister so long as she 
has big. erm. (r/?a£'s enough of thai gcfl. 
W^U, tin^e to prove doubting readers of otJier 
newspapers otherwise Because, on the cover 
tape you'll fmd a usabie demo of Akom'S: 
superb Sun Compum Cioss Word^. 

Rewind to the beginning of side two of the 
AA Cover cassette and type in RUN "SUN" (oi 
RUN '"* or RUN ^'MENU'^ - SO many choiceSp sc ;• 
little lime to pick them allj followed by a stal: . 



• Hide behind ine waM lo reload. 



imprison the nefarious Al Capone. "Da. boss, 
qaj>'t 1 pujnp him vtfith slugs? ' 

The full game consists of six levels in 

which you have to uncover the evidence for 

Al Capone 's conviction. "I'd much rather 

shoot him, boss - go on, gimme de 

chance." 

Help Elliot Nes3 in his hour of need, 

save Chicago from that naughty gangster 

and his alcoholic piois - on seconds thoughts 

shoot EEiot and carry on bootlegging Hey, 




• Go aliea^ then smart Alec - (ill this one in. 



COVERTAPE 



at the R@iMn button . Pies^ 1 and hit Rmuxn 
wh^zi prompted for a oiosswoid puz2l«. The 
pujilfl will load and iroull be set to play, 

A crossword will appeal on screen md a 
prompt will ask you for a clue number. Simplv 
Mkyw all the prompts and you wont go wrong. 
Eltfa clu^ aie available (snigger! it you have 
tjouble^ Failing that, the solution can be called 
tip. But you wont report to that, will you? 

GUNSLtNGER 

BYs DOMINIC WALSH 

SIDE: 2 

FILES: OUNSLINO-BAS, DATA.BINp 

CODLBIN 

Itemtmbei the good old day^ of Boot HiU? The 

wonderful arcade game in which you took on 

the role of a cowboy and had to shoQ[ your 

oppon^ni before he shot you? Now you can i^ 

enact those days with Domlmcs wondeiful 

Boot HiSl done, Gimslinger. 

The game is for two players, aud each per- 
son controls the on acree]:i hombie by using 
the keyboard The idea is simple - dodge youi 
opponent's bullets while trying to blast bullets 
into hjs body. You have five lives - first one to 
aero loses And now the key controls; 



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If! rr^frtuwl ltikitiMpi^..«t^ iSWC.iliitint 



fHa\ iic pw l II — 

Sliri ifcHU B If Ik ItllataS.. 




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Playef 1 


Player 2 


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(main k«^ftKwtq 


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E-rigM 


4-up 


Q-UP 


l-tfQtm 


A-dOwn 


0-flr« 


S-flfl 



You can find Gumhngei on side 2 of the 
oover cassette Ejiher rewmd u> around half 
way, type RUN 'GUNSUNG.BAS^ and ihen 
press leiiim or lewmd w Lhe beglnrung Ol sid^ 
2 and enter RUM " " (or RUN "MENU"). 

Don't worry if the chamcter set looks a linie 
strajig^ wh^n the game is loading - this is 
because Gunslinge/ uses most of the user^ 
defined giaphics and some letters become bits 
of cowboy or rock. To reset the graphics to nor- 
mal you'll have to reset the computer when 
you've had enough of gunlighting . 

WORD PROCESSOR 
BY: CARL HARRISON 
SIDE: 2 
FILES: WKBAS, READ^ME 

Everyone has to write a letter at some stage - 
whether it's u> an outer Mongolian pen pal ot 
for a job application on AA Doing Uie diriy 






p. {4]i^«|Uf GJ»»it4 



, Wriie vour way out ot Ihis one. itisEg. Carts word 
processor will get you out ol any ^Ucky situdlion. 



vinth a typewri^ei is one way. but urtess you're 
a proficient typist you'll end of with a letter 
that consists of more Uppex than paper Pen 
and p^aper is another: but if your hand writing 
is anythmg Ithe Rod s. you're not sale to be let 
loose vrith a biro - believe me. Your only other 
aHemative is to ui^e a word processor 
Unfortunately they don't come cheap - unless. 
of course, you have access to the AA cover 
tape. 

Conveniently enough, there's a fabulous 
text editor on the cassette from Carl Mairison. 
Its written in BASIC, but don't that put you off 
as it is Ifiaiure- packed, fast enough aiid very 
e^sy toiise. 

JuM look at ^me of the features available: 
word and chatacter counting: Qood printer 
support with 20 printei oonirol codes includtng 
NLQ; 80 column ediimg; 26 colour palette for 
border, paper ajid pen^ full curscir control: 
beginDing of Ime, end of line, top of docuj^ient 
and bottom of docunient with just two 
keystrokes; chaiacter conversion to ypper or 
lower casei file merging; file encryption and 
decryption. 

Run the word processor by rewinding to 
near the beginning of side 2 and typing in RUN 
*"WP.BAS \ Alternatively rewind to the begin- 
miig of aide 2 and type RUN "^ ot RUN 
"MENU". 

Follovring the word processor on the tape is 
s document oaUed HE AD. ME - this oonlains 
^1 operating instructions. Hun Carfs word 
piocessor and alea to load a document (option 
3). Then view the tesrt Gle by hitting the edit 
button fkey 2 in the main menti). To return to 
the menu BCieen when editing a document 
pf ess Control and M simultanecusly. 

T¥f>€WniTtB 

BYz PAT MACDOHALD 

SlDEf 1 

rJLES^ TWRITEII.BAS 

Ex tech-ed Pat MacDonald cfeated this ntfty 
utihiy to help with the entry of programs from 
type m^ and cheat mode 

Typewntei intercepts the CPG whenever a 
carriage return i^ entered and calculates a 
checksum based on the contents of the tine 
that you ]iist typ^ The checkram i$ printed 
on screen and you must compaie it with the 
value printed in the magazine. If both are the 
^me then the line is correct - if not check the 
typed in line and alter it as necessary. Your 
type-ins need never be vnrong again! Cheers, 
Pat. 



Get to roughly the half-way mark on side 2 
of the cassette ind mim RUN 
"TWRTTER.BAS". Don't forget to press return. 
Alternatively rewind to the beginmng of side 1 
and type RUN ^^^ or RUN "MENU ' 

Enter Y or N to the question '^Am 1 a CPC 
464 ' and then type HEW followed by Reium 
when control comes back lo you. Start entering 
a type-in. Each tune you enter a line, a check- 
sum wiU appear on the isaeen. 



1 - Byiv Crottyortf 

E - iUord Froct&hOF 

1 - Cuiis Linger 

\ - Tuiie Mrittr 

^ - Iraviiftr ev+ru thine to dfia 



V»ii a nm^ih*r, . . 



Easy-slart menu fer Side 2. 



TRANSFERRING TO DISK 

There's a ulllity on ihe iape wrillen. once again. 
by a lormer AA team member - Gary Barretl. 
L^E s hear it tor the (ormer AA boys. boys. To 
copy all programs from tape to disk simply rype 
RUN OF RUN MEMU when the cassette FS 
>rtound lo (he beginning of either side. Pick Lhie 
relevant option from the menu that eventuatty 
appears. Follow ^11 proihpls Irom there. Mak« 
sure you ha ye a disk with pleniy ol tree space 
before running ihe transfer uiility. You woulefn t 
wani to make Gary * program angry, now would 
yoo? 



ITCOULDNT 
BE EASIER! 

To lotd tht AA Xm0$ Covert^pe. 
^(1 yoy hav^e lo do i$ press [CTRL] 

[Small ENTER] as usiJal and a 

menu of opHons will duly appear. 

Simply pr«ss Ihe njjmber of Ihe orogram 

you wsnt. and M will to^d t^ 

automsiticallyTosaveiimeyoLJcan ' 

ahrays fasf-fofward. bill the ffcght 

program Mi load evflfl ^ 

it yoi) ton t 



FAULTY TAPE? 

If your cover lape doesn t load - arid with su^ch a 
hug a duplication runascaur^. Ihere witi unlortU' 
nately be a lew which fat! lo work - return the 
Jaullycasseltelo: 

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ltd, Mercury House. Calleva Park. 

Aldermaston, Berks RG7 4QW. 

InierceptOf will return a fully working version 
qI the AA ^Dver cassette as sooi^ as possible. 

Trenlan promises to bm any duff AA cas- 
settes returned lo Ihe AA otiices. Make sure you 
send your faulty ca¥$ette Iq the right place. 



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BMX FREESTYLE 
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SUPER G-MAN 
AIVSIM 
GHOST HUNTERS 
STREET FOOTBALL 
JET BIKE SIM 
SAS COMBAT 

BIGFOOT 

NINJA MASSACRE 
FAST FOOD 
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BMX SIMULATOR Z 

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Home suite 
home 

ADAM (yuppie) WARING finds out 
why he's got behind on the 
Porsche repayments with SD 
Microsystems' Home Executive 
Suite... 



HOME 

EXECUTIVE 

SUITE 



t.\B.35 Disc + CI p^p • SD MICroiyitciTis, 
P.O. Box 24, Httchin, Herts, SQ4 OAE. 



Home Ex^uiive Sui:& is a higlily comprehen- 
m^ package consistmif of ^ personal ledger, a 
fJer. a shopping selector (') and mmi calculator 
- plus a selection of desktop utilities. WhaL s 
moce, all Us printer opeiations can be diroctEhd 
to print on personal organiser me 
sheets (available from SD Microsystems at 
£B.9S pel 2&0} 

U vou spend money like water, and just 
don't know where \i all goes each month, Uien 
the ledger may be jiust what you need. It pro- 
duces a computerised record of all youi incom- 
mg and outgoing cash in & specialised format 
for your personal use. It can handle credit 
cards and standing orders. maMng it a very 
powerful money managmont system, 
with password protection Co keep all your 
financial details away from prymg eyes. The 
ledger ts unguestionably the most powerful 
qomponent of the package, 

The filing index is a son of electionic card 
box, of the type you can get in WH Smiths The 
cards are pages of information inside the com- 
puter's memory, which can, however, be 
uUlis^d far more effectively than the cardboard 
counterparts Simple searches can be selected 
on any of the fields If. for eKample, you had a 
filmg system of all the gaimes reviewed m M, 
you could quite effortlessly miake the computer 
fmd all the garner that got AA raves However, 
complex searches specifying several criteria, 
such as Raves from issues 36 to 48 released by 
Ccdemasters are sunply out of the question 



with this mini-database. A great pity, as this 
omission mars an otherwise excellent program. 

The shopping seleaor seems a pretty 
bizarre idea Instead of jotting down a kisi of 
your weekly grocery needs, you simply select 
them via the onscreen cursor The 
program then prints litem out as a neat and 
1^1 ble list. The next Kirtie to Samsbury's then 
has you safe m the knowledge that you won't 
forget your white sliced. 

An on screen calculator is the last of the 
big lour options. Ii is a very simple version. 
offering only the basic add/subtract/ 
multipiy /divide functions found on elementry 
models. It is unlikely tliat it will be used much 
if you already have a pocket calculatir. If it was 
a drop -down feature that could be accessed 
from the other programs, then things might be 
differenL but the hassle of loading it up for 
simple sums is just too great. 

The mini programs falling under the amhi- 
gious heading of desktop utilities are actually 
mote useful than the last two big' options. A 
laJ>el printej lets you print out neatly orders 
labels, ideal for disk contents. And if you're 
fmanciatly minded, then the d^pr^iation and 
interesi/repayments calculators allow you to 
work out how much your mortgage has gone 
up by since the last interest rate rise The best 
of these uliliues. though, are the Diary and 
Calendar. These are great for pnnting out onto 
standard personal organiser sheets, ready to 
be popped directly into your Filolax. 

M the programs are easy to use, and the 
menus are mostly selected by means of the 
function key pad. The programs have a good 
consistent feel to them, but there is room for 
improvement in the disk system - you can cat- 
alogue the disk on screen, but as soon as you 
press a key the catalogue disappears It would 
be better if you could load a file with the cata^ 
logue on-screen at the same time™ 

Home J^ecuwe Suite is a miied bag. The 
ledger is very good indeed The filer works 
well but couJd do with improved search capa 
bilities. The sboppei and calculator are urniec 
essary and useless. Vou certainly wouldn't go 
for Home Exeaitwe on the strength of one sec 
Lion alone, but if you^re in need of both a ledger 
and filer then it may be just your cup of t^a. 



GOOD NEWS 


UDNEWS 


■ Wsll written. 


■ Shopping list and calculator of 


■ Can print out on ^ilofax-compat- 


dubious usefulness. 


«bl« sh«*t«. 


■ Not as ful^featured as 11 could 




have been. 



HOME ACCOUNTS 




• Home 8x9^^ Qp^ning menu. 



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ADAM WARING, the man who is 
to machine-code what Arnold 
Schwarzenegger is to grape- 
crushing^ checks out Siren 
Software's Hackit... 

Hackit is tioi for wLmps. lets matce thai 
clear from ihe sfi^rt. You'D need to be a 
dedicated ZBO freak lo use this device - a 
bom hacker, no less, with the code in your 
blood. There's none of this 'user friendly' non- 
sense, you^re in at HEX level, and if you don't 
] Ike It you can lump It. 

Neither is Hackii for Ehe faint hearted 
You'll need a good working knowledge of 
machine code, a lot of perseverance, and the 
desire to orach into games to gel those inhnite 
lives If you've got all that then you're haclser 
materia! and Hackil is the too) of your trade 

Hachii comes in the form of a plain white 
box. with a Tihbon cable to plug it into the com- 
puter and an ejrpansion port for comiecting 
addiUonal devices. By vvay of control, it also 
sports an on/off switch and the infamous red 
button- Multiface users will be familiar with 
the push the red button" system to initialise 
the unit but unJike the Msilttface - which is 



YOU'RE NICKED! 

Just abojt everyone oul there must have worked 
out by now ihar piracy is illegal. But wliat about 
devices that mak& piracy possible? Romantic 
Robot s Multiface seemed to tall foul o1 Ihe 
recently-published Copyright Designs and 
Patents AcL In Itiat it was a device enabling 
users to make Illegal copies o1 copyrlgMed soft- 
wart, eut Multifsce does have bona nde purpos- 
es 100. Ihai s why if s slill on sale 

Hackil is nol such an elfeclive copier as 
Multiface. M does Itl you t^^ik €4slty into code, 
arrd ^0 - technically - It let pirates atlempl 1o cir- 
cumvent copy protection routir^s. But then any 
esperienced coder could 6d that anyway. 

We spoke lo Bob Hay ol FAST 'From what 
you lell me/ he said^ "the device Is not dedicat- 
ed 10 copying software and so is unlikely to 
breach currer^t legislaHoa'' 

And il somtbody uses it lo break into pro* 
gr^ms and disable copy proteciion to produce 
copies? Piracy is illegal, and those caughi dis- 
tribuling pirated software will bipiOt^cuied.' 

But what about people fust making a lew 
copies for their friends? That, t00i is illegal. ' 

You have been warned. 



primarily a back-up device - Hackit is designed 
spedtitally for craching the cx>de. You can 
seaicih for stnngs. disassemble cxidep and 
there's even a buill m mini assembler to write 
patch routines. 

It works by interrupting a reset and taking 
over contro] of the computer whenever one 
occurs. Pressing the red button causes such a 
reset, as does the Control Shift Escape combi- 
nation, switching the computer on. and any 
machine calls to memory location 0. 

When the button is pressed, the iump- 
blocks are leiniiialised and the screen clears 



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before Hack it takes over. This means that any- 
thing on screen will be lost, as will programs 
that use the area of code noimally reserved for 
the jump blocks. A copyright n^essage appears 
at the top of the screen, and a > prompt awaits 
your first 
eommands. 

The first thing you're likely to want to do is 
search for some code, and Ihe Memory com- 
mand shows a schematic diagram of the mem- 
ory map. Code is usually distinguishable by 
being in solid blocks, rather than data, which 
tends to look more patchy. Once you know 
where lo look you can search for some text or a 
sequence of instruaions. Strings to search for 
can be either in HEX or ASCII, and the unii will 
scour the memory looking for a match. 

Change to Edit and you are presented with 
a HEX and ASCII dump. Here you can alter 
data at byte level. U you want to check out the 
machine mst ructions in more detail then enter 
the Disassemble mode and the code will be 
converted into ZBO mnemonics which whia up 
the screen at an alarming rate. The disassem- 
bier even has a dump to disk/tape option, so 
you cBJi reioad the hacked code into an assem- 
bler for some real heavy duty hacking 

When you've found the bit of code you 
want to alter then you can either go back into 
the Edit mode to make the alterations m HEX, 
or use the Assem instruction, which puts you 
into the line assembler Finally, you can Save 
your changed code and Call it for testing 

Hackit naturally has many more features 



GOOD NEWS 
Powerful commajids for the dedi- 
cated hacker^ 



than those explained above. You can move 
memory about, output to ports, read program 
headers and do a multitude of other hacking- 
orientated operations 

So IS Hackit iuBi another tool for pirates? 
Far from it The device has highly legitimate 
uses for programmers. Whenever the machine 
crashes or locks up, simply press the button 
and you can examine the memory to see what 
went wrong. 

Il IS a pity that Hacktt automatically ini- 
tialises the jump blocks, though, as this is like- 
ly to wipe out code m several programs that 
would otherwise lend themselves to a good 
hack. \i would be preferable if the memory was 
left in the ejcact state it was when the button 
was pressed, a la Miiltiface 

Nevertheless, if you've been reading Phil 
Howard's Insider Dealing series, and fancy 
having a go yourself, then Hackit Is by far the 
Simplest way to get into it. 




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HACKIT vs MULTIFACE 

Hackit il 5ol ctftligned far copying prcgnms. H \$ 
deaJjpMd purely for hacking Irtio th^m, a^mining 
if^ alieriho code. By ils veiy nature W can only bi 
used by Ehos« competent in machlr>e t^ode. and so 
Il i>ol suitable lof lho$e requiring i backup utllHy 
MuEliface, on the oiNr hand, is designed for 
m&king back-up copies ot pfCflrams and h aipt- 
claily uselul for those who buy games on tape hit 
woyid Nhe to load Ihem Iroffi disk, tt has some lim- 
tled hacking ab^fty. but Qr\\^ allows yoj to examine 
a bytes in HEJ(. with a ralher jlow update window, 
making It laborious lo use. 



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Upon loading you are presented with a 
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piograms costing several times as much. 

SeSect an option and the scieen deais, 
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and the Space bar to stop. Pressing Tab gets 
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A number of us&fu] features are avaifable 
via single keystrokes fiom the dtawuig mode. 
The current pen colour can be changed hy 
pressing P, and an area can be pattern -fifled 
virith S. This is a rnost welcome way of doing 
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Against this, though, the program doesn't 



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G0ODKEW5 
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Offers a ifiuttitiid« of fofttiires^ 



major gripe 

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gram. 

AH m all. apart from a couple of niggles, 
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fairly well. It is generaJly easy to use, and the 
criticism singles Out annoying, rather than 
unbearable, aspects of the program. The good 
points outweigh the bad. and for the price it ls 
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I Selection of some foature* not 

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start Decent MIDI symJiesisers 
aren't cheap. If you'ie seriotis 
about MID] and you want g^Ai Uiat'U 
reaUy do the business, yWre talk 
tng about hundreds, not tens, 
of pounds 

To be jeaiisiic. ru s@t 
the price limit for this 
guide at £1.700. This is 
because anyDne willing 
to spend more than this 
on a keybo^id is either (a| 
Totally Qiad ot (b) a professional 
miLSJcign, and T assume that the majority of 
AA readers are KOT piofessiortal musicians 
{Or mad either. 1 hasten to add!) 

• Yamaha DX7 

This hiks Qo{ to te by far the most popular 
synih oi the fiast six years, tatroduoed in 
1983. It tooh the music world by storm The 
DX7s are b^si known for their abiluy to pro^ 
duce superb bass sounds. Compared to the 
synths- of today, though, the sounds pioduced 
by the first DX7 aie a bit dated. 

Then, about three years ago. Yamaha 
brought out the DX7I] This is a vast improve 
mem on the onginal and - like the fust DX7 - 
jt has become the woikhorse of the music 
busin^^s The DX7U is l&mlB polyphonic jlB 
notes can h^ played at once) and B -voice 
multj-umbia] (which means 8 sounds can be 
played at once via MIDI). It also has a touch - 
sensitive keyboard and (on the DX7iIFDJ a 
3.5 mch disk drive. You can pick up the old 
DX/ m muiiic shops for about t400 or less but 
yuu may have lu sihop aiound. The DX711 can 
bo bought for about CI, €00 Expensive, but a 
valuable tool if yoti have the money 

• Yamaha DXll 

Wnen Lhe DXlOO. DX27 and DX21 weie dis- 
conLinued m 19B/. the DXll was designed to 
replace all three The DXl 1 brings you quality 
FM sounds at a leasofiahle pnce It's the key 
board tor cheap home recording. 

If you want the complete system, to 
accompany your CPC and MIDI interface, you 
Cciii purchase the DXU. a paw of XS15 mom 
tut spt-akeis and the RX120 digital drum 



machine aU For under £1.200 This is defimtely 
a good package to go for 

Tlje DXU IS a good Keyboard on its own. 
boasting a fjve oaave keyboard. B-voice 
multi-timbrality 128 sounds and velocity sen- 
sitive keytoard. But oombme it with the 
above Items and you have the best lK>me 
recording system for the price. If you have the 
money and you want lo record from home 
using your CPC, get the DXll system You 
won t be disappointed 



as weH as aeating superb original sounds, 
you can faitJifully reproduce the sounds oi 
acoustic mstruments such as harpijichoids, 
pan pipes, and even the human voice' 

Both keyboards also have a rhythm pro 
grammer whidi enables you to write your 
own drum patterns eniermg the sounds using 
Lhe velocity -sensitive keyboard [the harder 
you hit the ke^s, the loudei the sound Sets) 
and ^ve your pattern to either a memory 
card or on the D-20, to disk 

Another advantage of these two synths is 
that ihey have built in digital rtfveibs These 
are Room. Hall. Plate. Tapped and Delay 1. 2. 

3. a great bonus, which helps to make the 
keyboard sound much more 
professional com 
pared to 




« Yamaha DX7II: 

line if you have a Inend 

lybank nrianager! 



Contact Yamaha Kemble Music (UK) Ltd, 
Mount Avenue, Sletchley, Mdton Keynes, 
MKl IJE or phone 0908 71771 . 

• Roland D-10& D-20 

The main differences between these two key- 
boards are that the D20 has a 3. 5- inch disk 
dnve and a 9 track sequencei built- m. Apart 
Irom that, these keyboards aru^ identical. 

Both keyboards are Multi Tsnibrai and 
have a built-in piogrammable dium machine 
which utilises the 63 preset rhythm sounds. 
AJJ these sounds are ^mpled from real drums 
and therefore sound identicaj to the real 
thing. 

The D-20 and DlO 
allow the user to create 
sounds using a techiuque 
called LA synthesis 
Putting it simply, you can 
either build up sounds 
using sxandard wavefoim^ 
(pulse sqfuate sawtooth 
etc] or use the 256 sam- 
pled waveforms. These 
can be combined with the 
standard synthesiser 
waveforn^ lo create real 
i$ttc sounds The ad van 
tage of this method js thai • Roland 0-20: 3, 



the ^dry" 

sound of non- reverb 

synths 

The O20, with its disk drive and 
sequen<:er. might seem mote appealing than 
the D 10. but your CPC is, with the aid of an 
8-track s^uencer (such as DHCPs EMR's 
MidiUack Ferfoimer or Foundation's Step 
Time Sequencer) quite capable tif carrying out 
these tasks. And remember tJiat you are pay- 
ing about E300 more for the D 20 My adince 
would be to purchase the D 10 and use your 
CPC as the disk dnve and sequencer All you 




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need to add to this list is a memory card 
(either M-2&6D or M 128D) to store any 
sounds or ihyihm f?att4^rns that you aeate to 
make an e?ccellent package for honse record- 
mg. 

The music you produce usuifg Uiis 3€t-up. 
m ail honesty, will sound much more profes 
sional than the DXl 1 simply because of the 
superior sound quahiy of the D series from 
Roland. The D-10 wdl cost you ajound £780, 
whilst the D 20 sells for around £1,000. 




TRUE STORY 



Th« mu^ic shop manager was absolutely 
inslsienir a picture of injured innocence. 
"Oh yes, I'm sure sir. The list price on tfiat 
parlicular keyboard has been raised... Well, 
in eitect, yes I suppose I he price has gone 
yp E3D0„. Bui it s the new list price, sir..." 
His voice trailed off as he realised he'd 
Tost a sale. I left chy skiing, knowing 1or« 
iact thst this was being economical with 
the truth on a grand scale. I boughl my 
equipment elsewhere, and t haven't been 
back, Pertiaps he s still there, getting away 
with thisshamelultnck. 



II is vital to decide at firsi how much 
you're willing lo pay for your MIDI equip- 
ment. Shop around. So often you can go 
into a music shop and see a keyboard at 
one price and then walk into a differeni 
shop and see the same keyboard lor £200 
less! Be on your guard at aH times. Try to 
use the prices in this article as a guide. 
They are as accurate as possible. Whatever 
happens, don t pay more fhark what 1 quote 
for any keyboard. Good luck, and beware 
the silver tongue of the smiling synthesizer 
shop salesman! 



# Roland D)0: capable and reasonably cheap* 



• Roland D SO 

The D SO is the big brother of the D 10/20. 

Many groups use it on stage together with a 

Yamaha DX7 Since iCS launch in l^te 1987. the 

D-50 has fast become the new "workhorse ' of 

the industry, taking over wher^ ih& DX7 left 

off. 

The D-50 uses LA synthesis to create 
sounds, producing aimjlar sounds to the D- 
10/20 but to an even higher standard. The D- 
50 IS equipped with a 61 -key. Velocity. 
Pressure and Aftertouch-sensiiive keyboard. 
There are also four key modes: Whole, Split. 

Dual and 



Separate. Whole allows you to play one sound 
across the whole keyboard- Split atiows you to 
set a split point and play cwo different 
sounds, one on either side of the split point. 
(You could have a bass in the lower part and a 
brass sound m the upper part ) Useful on 
stage. Dual allows you to play two sounds at 
once aooss the keytxiard range, pioviding 
som^ iDterestuig possibilities. Fmal]y, 
Sepaiate allows Uie user to set upper and 
lower ^unds to separate MIDI channels. 

The D 50 is an ejtcellent instrument and I 
would recommend it to anyone - but at 
El, 300, unless you are reaJly serious about 
entering the music business, or you have 
plenty of spare cash, it's not reaUy worth 
sheJling out loi 

Contact Roland (UK) Ltd, Amalgamated 
Drive, West Cross Centre. Brentford^ 
Middlesex TW8 9EZ or phoue 01-568 457S. 

• KorgMl 

Ai the moment this is by far the best key- 




•The Ml : super sound qualitv at a super pr^ce 



board available in the £B00-£1.700 price 
range. The sounds produced by the Ml are 
astoundingly lifelike, enhanced by a choice of 
33 digiial effects! These include ali types of 
reverb, echo, delay and many others. 

The Ml uses Al syntheses to create 
sounds. This works along the same prmcipal 
as Roland's LA synO^esis in that you can com- 
bine the Mrs built in samples with synthesis- 
er waveforms to create sounds 

Yon can also combme attack transients 
with synth waves. For example, if you were 
creating a guiiai sound and you wanted to 
make the sound of the pick hitting the string, 
you would have problems as this is particular- 
ly difficult to synthesize, hut on the Ml you 
just choose the right attack sample from Ehe 
MVs two mega word (4 megabytes) ROM 
memory - in this case ''Pluck" - and combine 
it with a digital waveform to produce the 
sound. 

The Ml 'S memory also contains 44 drum 
and percussion sounds and 100 multisamples. 
and unlike ocher synthesisers you can load 
more samples in using memory cards. 

[n addition, the Ml contains a drum 
sequencer and S-track real-time/step rime 
sequencer. There really is nothing like it at 
this pri(^ and lor CUOOO you are gettmg 
sounds o( a standard produced by machines 
costing ten times as much. 

This is my lavouiite keyboard, simply 
because it can do everything you want it to 
do, and is highly lecomuiend^ Price £1,100 
Qi less. 

Contact Korg (UI), 8-9 The Crystal Centre, 

Elmgrove Road, Harrow, 

Middlesex HAI 2YP or phoue 01-427 5377 

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Budget software house 
Codemasteis isn1 the sort of com- 
pany you'd normally associate 
with earth-shattering innovation. 
But with their CD^based Games 
Pack, the Darlings have rocked the 
industry. MOD LAWTON talks to 
director David Darling, while 
ADAM WARING brings you the 
technical details... 



Th0 CodemasiBrs leam works from a con- 
v$rt-ed faim near LeamingtOfi Spa. We 
were shown through the bustling oUicsea 
to David Darllng^s Inner santum. "Hold all 
calls'", he told tht rec&ptiojiiets. then settled 
back in his chair smUIng as he waited for AA's 
bajiage of qu^sticns... 

David, il ve^jm imciedibte ta offer the CO 
Comas Pack far C20^ On thfi batii of ihe soft- 
waia aioD«, those gotnies aie going for about 
$6p eachf Will you make any money? Will It 
barm sales of tha games individually? 
We won t make as much as we hoped, to be 
honest! When we fiist thought of it vv$ jD^i 
thought it was a brilliant idea and did the cost- 



ings yery roughly But it has cost us a lot morE 
than we tbougin it would, We'll, definitely 
m^ke a profit but we won't make an amaEing 
profit. But I think il'a very good for our reputa- 
tion and very good for the company As for the 
CD affecting saie^ of the individual gaiues, we 
obviously considered that seriously - we have 
a mibetantial percentage of the individua], siu- 
gles market. We al^ had the choice of selling 
the at £29 99 ot £19 99. byt we thought the 
lower pnce was the much, raucb more attrac- 
tive one. and at that price it could be the 
Chii^unas Number One. 

Really? Number One? 

There are some very, very good gamft on 

there. It's excttmg because it's On CD^ which is 

new, and on the Amsirad it's the first time it's 
been done. And the loading timea are so fast. 
It's a way of upgrading your machine without 
chucking il in the bin and buying an Amiga I M 
you can do It at that price and than keep adver* 
tising it, you can keep selling it for months 
because it's $uch good value. Rather than If It^s 
£29 99, wh«n It's more of just a gift^ and it's 
only going to be mitcessfui at Chri^maBp 

So vtfhdD did you Qjtat hAV« the idea of doing a 
CD oompllation? 
Back in February. 

There's obviously been quite a lot of planning 



THE LITTLE DARLINGS 



C^emBsters was bom three yeerii ago In lata 
19B6, set up by brolhers Dsvid and Richard 
Darling and their lather Jim. Tht Darlings drlglnai- 
sd Irom Canada , but moved over hers wh^n they 
Wife lesnagera They slaflad pfograinmlng on « 
Vic 20, Iha predecessor to the Commodore M, 
writing garnet In their spare time. The broChert' 
early gimea were sold through small ads in Iha 
back pf maga^Jnes under I he nama ot Gala&Uc 
Soltwart , white thiy were itlll ai ichool 

They were soon comml&slorifrd to write gatnes 
for thff larger loftwire hsusir ^uch as 
Maslffhronlc, but tvantuaDy found that thty wint- 
«d 10 till the gamaa for lhemf«lv^a agalri. Thvy 
Ktd bi now left tchool and ^ could davstft Ihetr 
lull Btlantlon to the running ol th« now soflwira 

hOUM, 

Codem^slfH-t waa ar Inatant aucctit. H qukk- 
ly ealabliahfld a r&pulatton ea a high quality bud' 
get aottware producer, and the company grew to 
bftcomo one of the top computer gamta toftwire 
housit In BritaFn, selling itiore gsmea -Inihe pro- 
{W8S -than anyone elte. 

Although their backround was )n prograrn- 



mfng. the Darilngt toon btcame fnerketing 
expertt. They aitracted aoine of Ihe best program- 
mara around - The Oliver TWina^ Peter William son^ 
Adam Waring - who h&lped ke«p them at the lop 
ol the charts. 

The CD Games Pi^ck in their llrtt venture imo 
hardware, but according to Ihe Darllnga le only the 
tip ol the Iceberg. Looking at the compeny^s 
progress so larp we're Inclined to believe them... 




• KIdi' eturf- RNchard and Davfd Darling back In 
1 9^7, already bc^aea ol a lop aoltware house. 



and re«eaich^ then. 

Yea Richard IDarling] went to Taiwan to 

organise it aU - and to organise some other 
things, but that's still secretl 

I ffuppote, aa well, that if fou plaji to do 
future releasefi along the same linOp thon by 
doing It at £20 you give youraetf a mucti larg- 
er user baso riohl from the start? 
Yes. b^K^ause we can gel loads and loads of 
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out there and then sell the special CD games lo 
tt^ose people at a cheaper pnce because 
they ve alteady got the cables. Coming back to 
ttie games, we thought that If somebody buys 
the compact disk then they get all of the games 
so they obviously won't buy those games 
them&elves individuaUy, but they're bound to 
show It to their friends. They'll show people 
Treasure Island DUzy, Twin Turbo, BMX and 
so on - gan^es that they may not have seen 
before, and if they're really impressed with 
them then they'U go out and buy them individ- 
ually, assuming they can't afford to buy the CD. 
So ft could help to promote the games just as 
much as detract from individual sales. 

What about the CPC apwjiflcally? How is the 
AmMrad doing as far as you're concerned? 
We sell more games on ihe Speciium. but we 
sell nearly as many on the Amstrad. J think 
that s tsecause wave buUt up quite a reputa- 
tion on the Amstrad wrtth the Oliver Twins and 
Pati&r Williamson. A lot of our big games are 
actually developed on the Amstrad. 

So do you have any Ammiad iecKic project! 
in mind - say a bigger game using the CD? 

We've done tests, we know it's definitely poB- 
SLble, but It's just purely a niatter of spending 
three or four months developing the software 
and using the advantages of the CD - the 
speed and the storage - to do things which 
just haven't been possible before. People are 
always saying things like "how do you come 
up with the ideas", and "how do you make 



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them diffeient?" And xo an extent it's impossi- 
ble. When a computer's been around for years 
and years™ and it's got hardwaie limitations, 
it's impossibla to come up with soraething 
which really is new and innovati'^e But then 
when you've got mass storage and speed as 
weU, then iVs bound to give us advantages 
which we didn't have before. So I think the 
software will imdoubcedly be quite startling! 
But no, we haven't designed anything as yet. 

Would it be difficult to whte a game thai 
kige and itiU sell it as a budget game? 
Wen you spend thiee or fotu monchs vmting 
budget games anyway, and with mass storage 
you re not going to uge it all on code. 
Obviously the ma]onty's goiog to be gi-aphics 
and sound. So, for instance, you could have a 
game which had the same aiiiount of coding 
but full -screen ardj^^ation, digitised Irom a 
movie or somethmg. and then pretty realistic 
high-iesolutiOD sound samples on di^. And 
that doesn't take that much time to develop. 
It's just a matter of doing a deal with some- 
body who owns the rights to a movie. 

We've seen inteia^ive CD and laser dish 
gained in ths past - what about thoee? 
I think weU use something half way in 
between. You can select tracks quite quickly 
on a CD, so il it was some sort of adventure it 
could teU you. for example, to go i^ room 42. 
and it would only let you access the data if 
you'd solved some puzzle. So you could have a 
game like Tt^svr^ Isiand Dizzy with incredi- 
ble graphics and sound but the same kind of 
gamepEay, because you can load lots of data 
quickly. 

So your system is alm<^ Uke a CD-ROM, 

except Chat you have to have person pressing 

the buttons rather than, a computer the CD 

player? 

Yes And on most CD playeis you can select 

tiacks y^ry quickly. 

Presumably, you rauldn't possibly construct 
tometbing like a real CD-ROM because you 
can't run domestic CD players bom a com- 
puter And bow do you get round the fact 
there are ho many different modelii out there? 
Wall Raifibow Arts, with theu CD release, have 
gone threugb the phono jacks at the b^k, but 
we decided not to do that because there are an 
awful lot of CD players out there which don't 
have phono pcks And with the staddng sys- 
tem, some of them are haid-wiied, some have 
got different plugs, and so on. That's why we 
went into the eaf-jaok. 

V/hich evety CD player has got? 
Yes. 

But how many people do you think have both 
a compact disk player and a CPC7 
We've done a few competitions for winning an 
Amiga, and on the first one we had over 7,000 
replies. Out of that we did a survey on how 
many people wbo've got computers have got 
CD players, and ifs beween 30 and 40%. So 
although we're only aiming at 30 or 40% of the 
whole market we normally aim at. there's real- 



ly only one product in that market, whereas 
when we launch a game we're competing with 
maybe 500 others So we've got hold of a Uurd 
of the market - if you thmk of it that way, it's 
huge. 

Do you tbinJc parents are going to let kida use 
the CD player in the lounge? 
Well, when did the survey, that was the ques 
tion we a^ked - it was something that we wor- 
ried about And we were quite surprised, 
because parents didn't really seem to mind. A 
tot of them had bought CDs so that the whole 
family could play music. And the big Japanese 
manufacturers always try and promote CD as 
not only offering superior sound quality, but as 
something that anybody can use. And the peo- 
ple that we asked were quite happy about 
their kids using it. They let them use it for 
mu&ic anyway - it's something they're aheady 
happy with. 

But docL't most kids keep their CPCs up in 
tbeii bedrooms? 

Well they'll have to move either the CD player 
or the computer I thiiik they'll probably u^ally 
move the compuiei. And the cable's over six 

feet long. 

The story is that you've spent £22.000 on 
leads already That's quite an outlay 
Well when you deal with Taiwanese compa- 
nies as we did you have to pay at least half up 
front When you order something they'll say 
we'll get it to you at this amazing price in this 
aniazing time but we want our money now. It's 
good because it's a gwd price, but with most 
Western countnes you gee 30 days or 60 days 
or 90 days. 

So it's obviously much cheaper tq use a 
Taiwasese company? 

Yes. It's just the way the whole country worta 
- just like one big business. The government 
sends round leaflet about aU the different 
companies, selling the different industries. 
And the companies are just really, really com- 
mercial. It's not that they use stave iatwur or 




• Wlilch frtHjJd you nthef have, a twlerjng plt^ of fsl- 
ftf old caB»tt«ft - Cif a iJri^^^ wllti^irijn CD? 



anything, it's just that the businesses are so 
efficient 

But aien't CDs expensive? 
Well now we can get them for 90p each - 
including cases! Fm not sure, but I thinlK CD$ 
were over £2 not so long ago. 

And presumably It's much easier to get peo- 
ple to duplicate CDs now. Is there a minimum 
duplication run? 

Yes, well fir si of all you've got to get the disc 
pre- mastered, where they taie all of the data 
and put it a fonn that the compact disc player 
can understand Before and after the game 
they'll put all sorts of codes which mean thi5 i$ 
track 1' and that the counter should count 
down rather than up. And there's ail sons of 
control codes - they re called PQ codes. You do 
aU that and then take it to a CD manufacturer 
on DAT - Digital Audio Tape - and they use 
that to make the compact disc You pay for the 
pre-mastering, and you pay for the mastering 
as well. You don't have to commit yourself to 
hundiads of thousands of discs. It's only a few 
thousand. I think it's 10,000. 

How many Games Packs do you thij^ you'll 
sell over Christmas? 

I don t Imow. It's a big decision because, as 
Tve said, we've ah^eady spent £22,000. and I 
thmk we've only got 10.000 cables coming. 
And then we've got another 10.000, and anoth- 
er lO.OOC. The amount of interest in it we ve 
had so far is aniAMi^ - it look^ iike we're just 
going to sell out immedEately. Then we'll have 
to order more cables, which is the fiist time 
we've had that problem because witb tapes 
you c^n get tbem duplicated in virtually any 
guantity virtually instantly. 

The cables though - presumably - aie the 
same for eadi machiiie? 
That's why we use the joystick port, so that we 
can have one cable and oet the cost down. 

Th0 fact that you've had to do three diffeient 
CDs for th« three 8 bit maikets, has that been 
a problem? 

It's just a problem for us, pruning the costs! H 
we'd got all of the timings right we could have 
put aU of the games on one diS^C. 

It's ]uft that you wanted to get them out as 
soon as they were ready? 
Yes - every day before Christmas counts. 
People aie buying their Christmas presents 
right now. We were thiiikiftg originally of one 
pack, which worked with the Spectrum, 
Amstiad and Cormnodorer but we tbought that 
would oonfuse people. We did (luite a lot of 
store visits, watching people buying games 
and trying to work out why they buy them, and 
they get confused over very, very simple 
things. If Graimy's gomg into a shop to buy a 
present for a kid for Chnstmas, it s corrfusng 
enough that it's on compact disc. 

How many games you could fit on the CD if 
you crammed it right to the limit? 
It changes on each computer. On the 
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really fast one is more reliable than the slow 
one, lust because of the way the loader woiks. 
There was no real need to do It, we Just 
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Are your CDs as foolproof as normal audio 

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They're 100% reliable as long as the disc Isn't 

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What eoogtUutea damage? PreB^mablv 
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games Joading properly? 
No. It )ust depends how bad It la. The error- 
checking is quite amazing. WeVe gone into 
this in ((uite a lot of detail. You can have quite 
a faw scratches on the disc, or fingerprints. 
and \x won' I make one bit of difference, All the 
data IS loaded into the CD player and then It 
corrects it all. because it's got the data saved 
several umes. The information is stored on the 
m^tai or whatever beneath the plastjc surface 
of the disc, and three lasers look in aE different 
angles. This means that a scratch on the sur- 
face of the clear plastic layer would have to 
occur in three places to corrupt the data. So 
they really are very reliable. But if you got a 
brlllo pad and scratched it, then it wouldn't 
work I 

But everyday wear and tear isn't going to 
make a difference? 

Not if you're careful vuith it And if you do 
scratch it... the way that it works i& that if you 
clean it from the inside out, you'll be OK. You 
should never clean them with a circular 
motion, becatifle the data s stored in oonoentric 
nngs around the centTo. But if you vrip^ from 
the centre outwards, you can, liteially, polish 
them up. 

I think, most of all, chat everyone's surprised 
that Codemaaters should pioneer something 
like this, because you'd normally expect one 
of the fuU-prite software houses or a haid- 
ware manufacturer to dp that sort of job. 
People think that purely because of the price of 
most Codemasters games. But that in itself is 
pioneering because we were one of the first 
companies to go in at a really low price. Major 
software houses tend to just follow well- 
proven formulas. 



So It's like an exjuntlon - you're diversifying. 
Richard and I started off in this business pro- 
giamming. Then we teamed how to get adver- 
tising done and talk to people like Boot£ and 
Smiths and we learned all the marketing side 
of it. But it's really not what we Bpecialise in. 
We speriali&e in davelopitient. We leaJJy want 
to get back to that. We*ve set up a marketing 
team and production team now. 

When you say developmmt. do you mean in 
the broadest sense or purely In terms of 
Qames? 

Well at the moment it's inventing hardware, 
add-ons of various types. We've got hardware 
skills and people now that we didn't have 
before„ But we've also obviously got access to 
an awful lot of programmers who aie very 
good at software, too, so wb have all three 
main skills. We know what aellE. and why, and 
what people want in this Industry. And we 
have access to both software and hardware 
production - induding manufacturmg in 
Taiwan. 

You made a conscious decision over the past 
year or so. then, to get into wider areas? 
Well we ve always come with "oh. this would 
be a good idea", like a really dieap fax 
machine, worked out how to do it etc etc, and 
then you think "oh Ood, it's going to take £2 
million to fund it", and "how the hell can we 
market it? ' and whataver. And wa just got fed 
up with coming up with ideas and then ihem 
happening two years laiei. 

When you'd already thought of them... 
Yes. So we thought we'd start off produdng 
things that we couJd fund, that cost CSO^OOO or 
£100.000 or whatever, and then build up from 
there. 

So with the CD Gompflatlon and the leads and 
so forth, coming out, this la a sign that you're 
going to get into more than iust software? 
Oh yes. this is juat the tip of the iceberg. 

So you've got lots of other things going on 
that you can't tell us about? 
Yes. Oh. yes! 

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Well, technically 



CD ROM iB GDinaUidiLg of a buzz-phrase at 
th€ moment. ThtBS devices are capable 
of storiag vast amounta of pre-recorded 
data on a conventional CD. and are aJDle to load 
it in at Ughtnino speed. 

As you'd expw%, though, this loadiing edge 
technology mm$ hyjidieds of pound$. even 
ihoiisands. And there Is not an awful lot avail- 
able on CD ROM at the moment. The disks that 
do eixist are generally given over to srientiflc 
applications and computerie^ encyclopaedias . 
At present, interfaces and software aie avail- 
able only for high-end machines like PCs 

Wot, no drive? 

The compact disc from Codemastere does not 
raciuiie a CD ROM dilve w run, however 
Instead. It worlLS on a standaid audio compact 

disc player. Any CD player vviU do, from the 
cheapest Amstr^d flhetto-blaster to a top-of- 
the-ranoe Technics. A tead simply connette 
from the haadphone socket on the player to the 
joystick port on the computer. 

The Codemasters solution is very clever. 
Firstly, the custom-designed lead will connect 
to any CD player and most home computers 
Every CD player has a phono output - even if 
it's part of a midi stack unic then there's one on 
the amplifier. An adaptor is even included to 
accomodate the difference In the size of some 
jack plugs - poitable units tend to have have 
amaUer sockets rather than the 3.5mm on hill- 
size players. 

Secondly the lead connects directly to the 
foystsck poft of the computer, which practically 
ail computers have. Only the early Spectrums 
mi^ed out (ha I), and joystick Interfaces are 
available for thai machine anyway The lead 
contains a neat electronic circuit moulded into 
the plastic D-connecior casing at the joystick 
end. This miniature box of tdcks turns the 
audio signal from th^ CD Into the binary on 
and off pulses that the oomputei lequiies. 

500 yards of tape? 

Codemasiers' device, however, has more in 
common with a tape loader than CD ROM - so 
what s the point of puttino all those games on 
a compact disc instead of a tape? 

• For a start, you'd need a pretty long tape to 
hold aU thirty games. Between them they tike 
up over one and a hall megabytes, and a 
Codemaners compact disc has ample storage 
space for twice that. 

• Also, it i« always a problem finding the pro- 
gram you want on tape compilations Imagine 
trying to load the correct game from a compila- 
tion of 3€l Every CD player, however has some 
kind of 'skip' feature, from a two-button 



up/down search to a full set of keypad pro- 
gramming controls. Each game is stored on its 
own seperate track, so say you wanted to load 
Death Starrer on track six then you would sim= 
ply skip to track six and press play to load the 
game in. 

• The CD is quicker than tape Thanks to the 
purer sound from the CD and the custom rii- 
cultry in the lead, the blips of sound can be 
shoner. cutting down loading time dramatical* 
ly Codemasters reckon the loatUng time of a 
game that takes four minutes from tape ^viil be 
a mere twenty seconds from the CD - around 
the speed of a disk drivel 

• CDs are also very 'aKrurate'. They have 
comprehensive eIIO^checking facflites 
designed for ciystal-cleBi reproduction of 
sound. It takes a pretty nasty scratch to obliter- 
ate the data on a CD, and even then the built- 
in software in the CD player can work out what 
the data should have been'. 

Each sound sample is stored as a 16'bit 
number on the CD^ giving a vast dynamic 
range. The Codemasters system uaea six of 
these two-hyte words for evsry single bit that 
the computer reads. It's n^esaary to use this 
much data to get a long enough tone for the 



WHAT'S THAT AGAIN? 

The dgta on i CD It ttortd In ■ binary form 
u mlllloni of mlcfoacoplc pite Jn a thin 
layer of nlckil^ protected with a thick cov* 
iring of plattlc. A laser beam ks aimed it 
thi diacH Tha «hlny nickel layer reftacti 
fight back, whereas ths phi dlipeme the 
ilght *thMi determining whether the the bit 
ii 'on' or 'off'. EecK taclor of the diak ii 
raid many tlmvip with the later being 
thone from diffirent anglaa, so that a 
torateh or ipec;k of dirt on the disk affecta 
only one ntading. In tha unllkeiy event that 
all rtftdlngt are marred, the player can look 
it other data lur rounding tha faulty bit tnd 
wrk out what It ihouM ba. 



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compuif I to read. The more astute reader may 
weU be asking the question of how the com- 
puter gets to read the data in the first place? 
Well, a tape coming with the pack contains a 
short loader Codemasters hopes to implement 
an option to save this to disk, so that disk drive 
owners can initialise the loader easily. The 
loader could also be supplied on the CD itseU. 
It would be saved ae a normal cassette file, so 
you would just need to plug the standaid cas- 
sette lead in^o the CD to load the loading soft- 
ware, then swap to the special custom lead to 
load in the games. Additionally, each game wiU 
have a quit option, getting you straight back to 
the loader ready to load the next game 
immediately 




• Tht prototype lead In ill Hi naked glory. 
ProiiyGtion wriloni will hivi \b% elrouitry moulded 
into Ihs jQyatIck D-connecloL 

The CD games pack is a pioneering devel- 
opment in 8-bit computer software. As an 
introduction to the technology, 30* games for a 

fraction of the price of buying them individual- 
ly on cassette is an ideal way of getting it into 
people 5 hands - anyone who owns a CD play^ 
er and CPC is going to fittd it Irrasietlble. 

Future shc^cki 

Future raleaees need only Indude the compact 
disc itself. Everyone who has bought the 
games pack wiU have the connecting lead and 
loading software aJready so Codemasters may 
weU further reduce the already remarkably low 
price. 

Codemasters has a huge back catalogue of 
8-bJt games, and could bring out another com- 
pilation quite easily However, Che firm is cur- 
rently considenng much more ambitious ideas. 
Hugs games with full-screen pictures and mas- 
sive animated sprites are just one possibllty 
Memory constraints that programmers con- 
stantly struggle with to get the best graphics 
and biggest game areas will become a thing of 
the past. Extra levels and graphics could be 
loaded in at press of a button. And gamss like 
these wouldn I necessarHy take any longer to 
develop since the code itself wouldn't be any 
bigger. The scope for giaphics, however, would 
be boundless. 

If the venture In succeefui - and there it 
avery reason to stijqsose it will bs - then other 
oompaniei will be more than interiited to get 
their ffO(ftware on CD. It would be oommerdally 
far more viable for them to Uoance 
Codemasters' technology rather than spend 
thousands developing their own 

This new medium is going to take the 8-blt 
computers into the 1990s. Watch this space... 



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Another postbag of problems solved by resident boffin ADAM WARING 



•You drive me ciazy 

1 have pu J chased a Hitaclu 34ncn disk drive 
tintt. This has 12 vt>it and S voit connections. 
These present no problem as they are labelled . 

The pioblem is the 34-v^ay connector. The 
Amsirad manual list^ the connexions Bt the 
oompuiei end. but I have no way of knowing 
the correct conneaions on ihe drive unit. Oae 
thing I have notjced is ihat ail Lhe odd connec- 
tions are linked logether, suggesting that they 
are at ground potential . 

Is it possible to pnnt the correct connec- 
tions for this unit? There may weU be others 
wiEh this problem as there are a number of 
ihe$e drives on the market ! paid CI 2.95 for 
mine 

RR. Eaton 
nUliltgboiough 

you certaiJi/y got a. baigam. didnt y<m? Not 
much good to you if you cant get it to work 
tbougb! 

Ymi baveni given me an awful iot to go 
on. Im snipnsed that you didnt get a dara 
shBBi With the dnve. hut Vm pieparmi w give 
you an educated gue^s 

The dijve mecbsmsms m tim Amsii^d FD- 
I units are in /act manufactured by Hjtaclif 
and Panasonic, tts my bet that your drive wHl 
connect with a standard cable - if its 
reversed^ 

I say iths because the mantiaJ for the CFC 
shows ail the even-numbered co/meciions are 
grounded on the edge cormector Reversmg 
the cable wili match up the grounded connec- 
tions, ^nd hopeftiHjF witi mBke the right con- 
t^c^ on the other side 

It is also hkeiy that there wiil fie some 
links on the circuit board for the drive select. 
You will need lo hnk the drive one select pins 
together 




• Is yoiip AmsifAd if<ri¥0 rviilly a HitB^hi? 

•Memory map 

Coutd you please print a diagrajri of a memory 
Kiap for lhe CPC464, Cheers! 

David Monow 
Orplngion 



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•ROM rumour i 

A little birdie told me 
that the ROM verston of 
Proio^tt !s only compati- 
ble with 664s and 5128s 
Can you put my mmd at 
test and lelJ me if it is 
avaiiaMe foi the 464^ 

Harty 
Redcar 



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Rubbish^, PrOlexX on ROM wiil work just « 
weii on a 464. 



•SaviBg pace 



[ am composing a form or database, but cannot 
save the data [O cape or disk for recalling pur- 
poses. Please help an avid reader m disuess. 

Sean Power 
Leeds 

J don't know the exact format oi your datB. but 
you need to do somcthmg afong these hnes. 
These examples wiU load and save two string 
arrays and one numertc array. 
To save data to disk: 

10 OPENOUT "DAT*" 

2D FOR K=l TO Iftngth 

30 miTE I9,&${n};b$m);c$(n}; 

40 SEXT 

50 CmSEOTT 



To load me data back m. 

10 »Q*IN DATA" 
20 P0I4 K=^l TO lef^h 
30 iroUT |9.A$(ii) :k$(n).e|^}; 
40 NEXT 
50 CLDSEIK 

•Memory block 

I have had my CPC464 for four years, and am 
now wanting to add a disk dnve and 64K mem- 
ory expansion. Can you please advise me on 
what I should get bearing in mind quality and 
pnoe 

Are them any places to gel it done? Tm 
reluctant to get a 6128 as Ive many tape 
games which 1 siiU would like to use 

Enriqueta Tayloz* 
Yamton 

You won't n^ed to have the upgrade dcme pro- 

fessionaily Both the disk dnve and memory 
eKpaf\sion wtli smply $lot mto the port on the 
back of your 464. 

As a first drive for the 484, you tvj/l need 
the AmstT^d DDl This mmes m the form of a 
box comammg the disJc operatmg system and 
a raWe c^on/reamg ro tAe disk dnve. The list 
price for the DO I is £159. but you should be 
able to get it cheaper bf smunng the maQ 
order ads m AA 

The DKTiomcs 64K expansion is a popular 
choice for memory upgrades, and wiil set you 
back Bnoiber C50. 




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ycHjrseir. 



•Double trouble 

I own a CPC464 and a Cheetah 125 )oystick. I 
want to play a two-player game of Emlyn 
Hughes Intemational Soccer taut 1 don't want 
to have to buy the Amstiad JY2 joysticks. 

I have heard that you can t use any othei 
make of joysiick with a JY2 fs this true? IJ so js 
there any other way of using two joysticks'? 

S MUner 
Whitchurch 

YoEjVe heard nght Im afraid The Amsirad 
joystick has an addiiion^l port to plug in joy 



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stick two - which must be wired yp Mter^nt- 
iy to a oonveniionat ioYsiick. 

To overcome this problem, several thud- 
party maxtufacturerf came up with a joysuck 

splitter This device piugs into the joystick 
port., and '15 mred to accept two standard joy- 
sticks. Try K&M Computeis on 069S 29046 

f Seeing Green 

J hMe got an Amstrad CPC6128 with a qieen 
moniior, but due to an ey€ condition, I am 

beginning to find the contrast of light green on 
dark green, or the reverse, doesn't allow me to 
see clearly enough. However the colour moni- 
tor has a much better contrast which I find a 
lot letter and easier to me. However, I am 
unalJle to find anywhere in the 
Birmingham/Coventry area that will do a part- 
exchange for green monitors (where you would 
just pay the difference}. 

Can you help me find a shop or warehouse, 
or anyone else in the area that will do the 
exchange? 

Mark Williams 

Coventry 

I" 

Amstiadi in its infinite wj^dDJn. does not s&U 
th& colour monilor separately n^^king it nigh- 
on impo^ible to upgrade trow mono to colout 
monitors. This has slways b&en a sor& point 
with many grw^n screen owners, but Mark's 
case is rather more special because of his 
sight problems. If anybody can help Mark out 
then write to me at the AA address and I will 
pass on the message. 




9 61 2S colour mQiiitQr - who'li sell one on its own? 

Inside inforaiatioQ 

[ want to buy an insider cartridge, liie 
MulUfac^. but Moltiface is too expensive. 
Which other cartiidgss are available for the 
CPC? 

Everyone knows that that some old cas- 
sette games made for the 464 don't work on 
6129. This is l>ecause the disc operating sys- 
torn on the 6128 uses some extra RAM for the 
disk drive. When you ask the value of HIMEM. 
the ansvtrer is 42619 as opposed to 43903 on 
the 464. 

This short machine code lisimg clears that 
fflamory: 



JkDOO 


]2> 


HL,MG08 


A003 


ID 


C, N00A005 


CKLL 


fSDl£ 




AOOd 


LD 


A,iC9 


AOCA 


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(|BCCB),A 


MOD 


A 


K006 


4o! 





Since the disk dnve is now unavailabte, 
CAT, LOAD and SAVE commands work dirwily 
with tapo operations (no need for f TAPE), and 
HIMEM IS s&t to 43903. 

CaQdas Kocyigit 
Istanbul 

Thanks for the lip. Bomantic Robot is present- 
iy offering the Multiface at the disoounted 
pace of £42% 

Also t^e a look at the Hackit (tBviewed 

p25) torn Siren. 




•Alternative ftrmwam 

For all those budding machine code 
programmers who are m desperate need 
of the machine caJIs - but can't get hold ot 
the fiimware manual - 1 have the book for you. 
The Amstrad CPC464 Whole Memory Guide 
by Don Thomasson. ISBN 0-86161 199 1 pub 
lished by Melbourne House, has a detailed 
description of over 220 calls with their address- 
es. 

Now for my qu&suoti. Why can't you use 
The Insider on Multif ace-oopsed games? 

Edviraid Hieatl 
Cambridge 

May I aisQ add that the Amstrad Advanced 
Users Guide by Darnel Maitm, ISBN J-8Si8l~ 
918-8, published by Clemop. is another trea- 
sure trove of irtlormation, including lirmware 
caUs. 

I don't know, why can't yoa use The Iasid€i 
on Multilaced games^ 






•Beeb blues 

1 have a 464, and have been offered the chance 
to buy a second hand BBC micro, could you tell 
me if the BBC is compatible with my CPC? 

Diane n&ant 
Hailech 

JSf you want to use the same piograms on i^th 
machines then the answer is no, I'm afraid. 

•Split ends 

Could you please help me with my little 
problem. My daughters use a joystick with 
their games. I use ao AMX mouso with Stop 
Press. Therefore both are being continuously 
plugged and unplugged into the joystSch pon 
on the 6128. which can't be doing it a lot ot 
good T bought a joystick splitter, but sent it 
J>ack as It sciamfcled the keyboard if left tn. I 
then made che joystick splitter from the article 
in yoar mag (AASJ). This worked great with 
two joysticks, but it will not work as 1 had 
wished with both a joysuck and mou^e pernio- 
nenily attached Can T rewire the splitter to 
accopimodate the two? 

Les plumb 
Chelmsford 

The design for a joysuck mteiface to duplicate 
the functions of two devices conneaed to one 
port is actuaUy much simpler than the joystick 
sputter. 

You couki quite easily transform the loy- 
suck spruer into a joystick doubler by con- 




•The Joy Of Hex 

In Forum you requested that people should send in any useful one 
lin&rs they may have written- 1 have a pariiculary useful routine 
It allows a headerless screen to be sawed when Copy is pressed 

and will load a headerless screen when Tab is pressed. It uses 
the ticker block so that the machine can carry on with Other 
program tasks, The line is exactly 255 characters long which is 
why you don't see a line number 

To Initialise, type it in. type RUN and then CALL &5FF4 fol- 
lowed by CALL &8EtH)„ The routine is situated above the firmware 
area. 



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Dun^tahle 

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neamg the two common r^rminais (pms 8} 
togetiiGi and disconnecLing ihe second com^ 
man wiie. Alternatively you could check out 
lh& sulofire mteif ace from Mioiosmps (051 
S30 3013} which has ^ buM-in mous& port 




#> Ygy ^^n r^w4r« AA'^ 0\Y joystick sp^itler to miKe a I 
I .- .— 

•In, out shake it all about 

Is iheie any sort of CALL or POKE type of cpiti 
maud which reads from the expansion port on 
my CPC 6128 that switches on' a device, a 
ROM for exajfiple. 

Faihan Masani 

!N and OUT v^nil do ihe trick. As you know, 
POKE aJrers the comems ol the computOi'S 
memory. OUT does a similar operation on the 
expansion bus. changing the cojifenu of 
is^Jueoutput addressee This examp/e u^&b 
the OUT command W send msmiciions fo the 
compuisT's Video Chip^ producing ^ inierest- 
ing effect: 

0C7T bBCOO.&iOCJT £BDOO,1 

Notice that the syntax is exaaly the saine a^ 
POKE. There are 65536 dOieient I/O addi^ss- 
e^^ and they work widi single byte v^ues. 

As you'd expect. IN works th^ same way 
as PEEK. 



•Colour Co^OKlinalion 

I recer.ilv bought a Star LCIO colour printer, 
which up to no^w has operated perf^^ly. 

Th-& probl&m is, as we wer& told in AA 
twiQlVQ mocDths ago, you can't do colour graph- 
ics because of a lack of software to duve this 
pnnter. 

Are there any piograms available, or likely 
to become available' that will do the job? 1 do 
hope so. as given the exceptional colour 
palette of the CPC and the relative cheapness 
of the LCIO, St would be a wasted opportunity 
of the poasibtiiias tliat they seem to present 

Rod Moiris 

Suitiley 

* 

How about il? Does anyone know of anyihing 
written to talte advar^tage of the LCtO's fea- 
tures? Or even better, has ai^yone wmien a 
driver that they would care to share with 
Olher AA read 
eis? 





•Out of control 

When 6 1 28 owners 
try CTRL+ENTER 
we get a bad com* 
r[iand message. It 
would be interest- 
ing to maKe this key 
combination to do 
something useful instead. Try entering the 
following: 
S for aE£b5a9 to fibSad^read a$^pokfl 

a.val('£'J+*S:n«xt:data 

43.fll.54,2a,0d 

Run the program and now try 
CTRL+ENTER. A Lttle more useM than the 
eiTor message, is it not? 

By changing the Hex messages you can 
get it to do other functions, i.e. list, edit, 
auEo^ 

M J Vale 
Havan! 

Thani^s for a great Up. Your dieques in 
theposif 



•Comunications breakdown 

Youi advice on the following would be much 
appiedated. l own an Amstrad CPC 6128 1 
also own a Cambndge 288. My qnestions are: 

Can 1 get software to transfer text files from 
ihe zae to my CPC so that I can aichive/store 
them on CPC dishs? 

Cad I edit/work on text files text files I have 
tnnsfered to the CPC? If so then how could 1 
do It and what woidprooessor should 1 use? 
Choices seem taswc^, BrunworrL Mhu Office 
IT or Pforext 

Dt JDiozd 
Siltingboume 




i li&s. Jnyoiw got a t^oiouf ^nnl^f dnver Tor ihe LC-10? 
4S| AMSTHAD 7»^TtOM~\ 



i Cain you lransf«t files Itoin the portable Z&d to yoyr 
CPC? 

JVC prcWem' We have sucoeBBtul transferred 
data in the AA office from Rod Lawton's Z88 
to the CPC. 

The Z88 end has all the necessary coirimu 
nicaUons sottwat^ and hardware, but has a 
non-standard AS232 mteilace port for which 
you will need a special lead The Z88's ma.nuai 
has an appendm dEtBilmg the ccnneaions 
Yon will also need an RS232 interface for the 
CPa 

We used the Comstar combined interface 
and BOM which has its own built-m sofiwaie, 
but you can u^e PIP. as supphed on the CPM 
disk to transfer the data 



The transferred file s^iU be in ASCII, m 
any word processor thai can read standard 
ASCE files wili be smiabie 

•Piintei Puzzle 

Please can you help me! I am interested m get- 
Ling a printer for my 464. and wondered if you 

could plaase tall me what printers are compat- 
able? 

Chiistophei Vince 
Solihull 

Any printer with a Centronics mterface (Le. 
the vast majoiiiy} wiil work Look in the AA 
Buyers Guide (or more info. 

•Chip shop 

Ive got a CPC464 with the DO I Disc drive unit 
plus interface. 1 have been thinking of getting 
RODOS. so I opened up the interface and dis- 
covered a chip called AMS 40O15. Do you think 
that I could take it out and put flODOS in 
instead of having to buy a ROMboard? I m faii- 
ly CTnfldem that I could do this. 

James Parry 
Derby 

Th^ chip is there for a reason, Jaraw- You 
can't Juffr swap them around Me that. You'll 
end up paying far more than the £25 for a 
ROM board If you meddle 



THE GREAT ESCAPE 

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MarEowe's letter coFtceming disabling the break 
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Three methods were popuFar and all shoukj 
be in the IJfSl line of tiie program : 

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POKE £^0^,201 

Loads of you have ^nl In useful POKES and 
CALLS for use io BASIC. Here are a se(ecllor>: 

CALL frfiBlS 

UAita for kiypMAi 

OTT ^BCOO.S^OOT IKIM.UO 

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Di8i^«9 U3e of f int lifM nhich 
nut b4 a R£M fltntMAnt. LIST 
giv*s M. syntax *rror. Exacute 
prc^Ton with 
RI3N 20 

Thanks to: 

Johnathari Nyrse. Stephen Lawson, Robirt Nixon, 
David Le«p C. Fartow, Sean McMar^s, Tony 
Kingsmill and Harry. 



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PROTEXT SERiES 



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^^^Xh. Protext 



ii wofks. but thtie ar& diaw- 



backs. 



Or, Thinking Right Tired of boring 
old single-fontp dotted- line print- 
outs? PETER CERESOLE pulls out 
all the pins and gives his printer a 
kick in the RS232 in Part 2 of his 
ongoing Protext series... 



Pmext m a way of talking lo your pnnter 
Aller Ih^l the pnuter talks m the paper, 
and th^ paper talks w Ui^ other humans 
i^ut Uieie . (This wnll go on until we go 
stiiOflJil mlo (lie COTlex- AU those who haveq/t 
lead Neurommcei and Comil Zeio hand back 
VOUJ techit badges ai once) But nght now. 
pniiters are wtiat there is. if you have a Cray 
XMP (punneafid to a DMP 1 everyone will know 
VQu'r^ a nerd. But wuh a ZX-Bl (with 
PostScript) and a LasurJet you can wiii^ to the 
Queen. Of even the Prime Muuster 

Su, think uf the whole thing, Protext. 
Promeiytf, Fio^pea, UWpm, the CPC. Ihe KDS 
a hit inti^rface, as ways of dnvwig the pimtei. U 
you have a problem, woik backwards If you 
i»«in hgure 'M\ how to make ihi* printer per- 
lorra then you can do it with Piotesa If there 
aie glilcheii, then it's you {m this case, me). 

Ubiug all the Pius 

A whole n»w way of life opened up when t got 
a NEC P2200 tt has the extended IBM charac 
mt set. You can t teach halt cf them with the 
CPC's fum^y 7-bit printer port, but I can reach 
everything with a KDS B btt pimtei pon inter 
fact?. The KDS port is deeply, deeply wonderful 
KDS ItdVK made twt> veisions Both work with 
AMSDOS and CP/M, but tor both the normal 
sut Lip pruyram, which you run to stait ttie 
iinertace ruimmg. clashes with Projiierg***. 

Wiien I first got the Mark 1. Arnoi were stiU 
working haid on the CPC. and they wrote a 
new pitigiam lor it when asked (over the 
jjhone wuhin a lew houis; one of the best 
thmgs about Frorejcr is. dealinf with the fd- 
iyW:3i at ArMyi} 

hi case anybody oii^e ha^ had this problem, 
heru IS the progiain Itom Arnor to make the 
oJd KDS 8 bit mterface work with Pfom^ige *: 

a h^Qfl (d/2 51) ; lv-li*2M : POKE iwn . l : POKE 4BDr3 . h 

|f« «Qi«. «iT. «ca. £f!i. £D1. Ul, £i3l, £«. £0t, £0£, MS.. 



The problem with the Mh 1 port is that 
unless you fire it up. it corrupts the printer uut 
pui There are programs that wont run with it 
^ like Advanced Ait Siudao So to print Itoin 
that. [ have to take the iriierracc^ oil 01 course 
J lojget each tjme^ It's a lual bore Savt^ tlie 
Rembiimdl Power down. Take the ruddy thing 
off. Power up Once more through the Lenslok 
{a special tieat. this). And after the session^ 
bung the interface back on A leal drag 

Now along comes the Mk 2 Deeply, deeply 
wonderful. It's m visible to the pnnter unless 
It's sa up, and it's tiny on the ba<:k ol the CFC. 
BUT it wont work with Prmierge * tsithfif 

This tune, with Amor ii was dilfcrent They 
were very busy making Piotext work un the 
Cray and 1 never got a Ipe for Lht- KDS But 
help was $tiU af hand Yes indeerfy - you see, 
I'd joined a CPC dub called WACCI {plug ptug 
plug} And WACCI has telephone helplines and 
on the other end of one of them is a chap CndUed 
Stewait Peppiatt 

Without either the specs ol Pmmeige *, or 
or the KDS interface. Stewart rewiote the KDS 
loader lor the Mk 2, and u worfc?. It makes tne 
C{<; into a fair 8~bEt machine; and reduces 
eveu moie any wish I might have to change 
machmes. 

This LS See wart s start- up progtam lor the 
KDS Mk 2 pTjncer port inii^rface, that ettables it 
to run with Piameige Plus 

1 reston l:iyrt»l 4lt«r 216 uKry hiaa- 

2 iof <f« tj& mil, r*id a pckt q. «.»xt 

3 6^*4-101 1*0 te Z:pote qti.ptiJiftbdfl+Ll .sittt 

4 h=iAt [8J2%] . l4-b«25fr : poAt hbm .If^^ ktn^i, h 

5 dtU 

171 fict. tcT. tid. £79. Act , £17. £«d.. (19. icb. 4C7. 4»il. 

Thanks Stewart. May the sun shme out of your 
opcodes. 

And with the pimter puit sortea out. you le 
in business m the Big BJut busnit%^j d& it 
happens 

Boxing Clever 

But, if your primer can draw these chaxaciers. 
you also want to see them on screen You have 
to redefine some charaaers Here s how 



1= 



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+= 



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To define it for tbe CPC you draw it over the 
grid to the right (which was it sell printed 
using the IBM i^ingle hne characters - you i^ee. 
this stuff can be really usetul} White squatt^s 
Luunt as 0. black ^uare^ as 1 Then readuig 
from left to right, you write down the numbers 
along each row So the top row is 01100110. 
which as i>v^iy sclKKjlboy with at BIN to DEC 
progiani luiiruiig knuws is 102 Su art; me neict 
two rows, then the fourth row is MlWllt, 
which works out as 231 Onwards and down- 
wards, to get, altogether, 
102. 102.102.23 1.0.23MOZ.1O2. Use the ^'sym^ 
bcl ' command to define the character tor the 
CPC (see the Amstrad manual) and that s it 
Define a whole bunch of characters and you 
get a BASIC hie. called. )et^s &^f. 
■BOXDRAW.BAS" Now to uise it 

ID M^ntHl ttl^z 41 

20 lyi^l 4J.l02.l02.102jn,D.33l.l£MD2 >*+ 
30 lyniMl 45. 0.D.&.2SS. 0.231. 102. 102 
40 y^^l i7,102.II^.M2.23O.«.23«JQ24Qi2 7 

S& t^I &l.l13i2.1Ci2.10i2,23rOJ55 t 

m t}Hi»i 9L m. 102 . 102. mM.m ' [ 

w M^^ai n. m . m m. lo] . %. m. i^, m a 

i£^ SS^»1 13 , 102 , 102 . 102 . 236 , «. 2M '] 
SO s^^^l »£.0.0,0JSS.0.255J.« 

m sytiwl L2J.0.&. 0.121. ^.153. 102. IM 'J 

m §^Btol 124 . 102 . 102 .. 102 . 102 . 102 .. 102 . 102. 102 ' 1 

m lyoiHl mj.0.0,2S4. 1214. 102. 102 'I 

You load P/oiex: to set the noimal key dehiii- 
laons Th^n Qu^" Run BOXDRAWBAS^ 
This gets ihi; screen to display the boxe^ Then 
go back tu Piortxi. 

Cen4an toys aie clkuigea to show llie new 
synihois. 



{= 
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To nmluf this punt right, load a hie o( i^tozad 
commands called boxdiaw" which goes 



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If you're really feeling hip fWp?) you can load 
this autom^ticallv when you run 
^'BOXDRAW.BAS^ 



And that's itl 






Bui look out! There's a Jimit lo the numbei Of 
codes you can redefine. This frils up the space 
available for the printer driver, and if you warn 
to le^redefiDe the codes (if you get my tirifl 
here) yoti gei ^out of memory" when you cry lo 
print In (act, Oiat's a problem 1 first ran into 
when I was writing this. I called Arnor and got 
Gavin Every, who has teen Totally Helpful 
before {he wrote my new KDS set-up program 
m a few hours). He told me vi;hat the root of Ehe 
problem was. The solution i^ to re-set the 
printer ctnver to its oilginal state, befOiO you 
give It a new sel of defioitioDs. You can use the 
stored comoaiid ''^pr a: nee'' (in my case, 
Jogged on to b: and the printer dnveT file "nee" 
ia a:). It jolly well works, too. 

[f you want to get your soeen disptsy b^ck 
to norma), you can nin this Basic program 
caUed UNBOX.BAS": 

20 syirinl 43, 0,24.24, 126, 24. 24 

30 s^L 4B.0.l?.0a2e 

40 F/stol 47, e.. 12.24, 4B.%a92.I2a 

50 E^fnhai €4, 124, I$6, 22^,222, 222, 192, 124 

£0 rptcl 4L£0.4a.4e.4B,4t4S,€0 

70 EfBtol 42,l42,^,4a,24.1i,e,2 

eO jptcl *XeiJJ2,l2.12.l2,12,fi3 

90 jyrtxjl M,Q,0,&,C.C^,0,D>255 

100 JJiitMl 123,14.24.24,112,24.24.14 

no SY^^l 124,24,24.24,24.24,24.24 

1^0 sy^l 125.112,24,24,14^24,24,112 

The box shapes wOl loofc wejrd on screen, but 
they'll print up ohay because the ^loied ">rc " 
oominands wili still be theie. 

Pretty Things 

Now there's really no limit, except your 
masochism. You can print anything you want - 
for mstance, your signature. On my NEC, you 
send a set of codes to go into a particular 
graphics mode, tell ihe printer how many bytes 
btlow, and then isend the codes. All This can 
be done in ">oc" stored commands. Now in 
case that sounds simple, it's not. It's quite sim- 
ply a bastard (but hin, of course, on the nght 



] found the simplest way of getting the 
graphics codes was to draw a grid Use a "line 
draw" routine to prim a grid lo design on, 8 by 
however many you want for 8 pins. 24 by 
whatever for a 24 -pin printer. Then you draw 
your design over the grid, working out which 
pixels you want to fill Reading up the oolumns, 
blach pixels are ' r, empty ones are '0\ Write 
the deamai number coz responding to each 
binary byte by each column (to make this easi- 
er, Its worth designing line$ extendmg down 
from each column of pixels on your grid. It's 
also worth having a basic "Bm to Dec" pro- 
gram running, because this phise is funda- 
mentally a matter of bashing in the Is and OsJ. 

As a sEiaight piece of vainglory, I decided 
to do my signature this way Ii's far from the 
best possible, but the amount of coding to do it 
in quad density (plus twice the stze) is too 
ghastly Lo contemplate. 

Me 

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l^a 3 128 13 2 13 2 49 IS 49 15 1 194 

49 1 194 49 i 4 193 i 4 193 
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254 12 lb 3 12 15 3 16 112 2 U U2 2 97 in 4 

97 1^2 A 
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195 32 2 £ 32 2 g ^ IJ 24 fi4 13 24 128 14 96 

123 14 96 128 1 12& 123 1 123 2 12 & 2 12 
Xk 4 243 4 243 11 4 11 4 23 S 28 G 

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>oc S 130 5 € 130 14 3 131 14 3 131 24 11 4 24 13 

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And ii look^ like this: 




The point is. designing graphics Ijy numbers is 
always balla breaking, but in Piotext you can 
tidy and mess the codes about with great ease. 
Now: does anybody out there hav^e a way 
of designing, say. with Advanced An Studio, 
and then converting the scieen image with 
some miraculous program to Epson codes. It 
would be a version of a screen dump program. 
If you could get the codes into a file, it should 
be possible to get them into ASCII form, then 
load them into Pmexi, tidy them into a series 
of >oc lines and wl^oopee. you're importing 
graphics into Protext. Yes? 

Next: bow to gel aU this boiled down to a start- 
up progiam. and how to wrestle with the print- 
er driver 



TALKING NONSENSE 

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Welfi no, actually, it's like this... 

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need help with Hmkyn's Castle mid getiing 
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Jamie Moore, 140 Tennyaon Rowk Poeta Cor- 
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yiapbjcs and screen dumps, I also have a 
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Ciaudio PistacchJo. Maaelti, CampaQna, 152 - 
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Paul, 3d GuLlton, Aih. Canterbyry, Kent. CT3 

He(pl Have yon got Lords of M^tgtit for settle WiU 
pay reasonable price Tape 464 
Ml ] Searn 26 Great Chesters, Bancrott. MUton 
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Jdieph J, 42 Laich Ave, Acton, L<Hidon, W3 
TIM ^ 01 740 7633, 



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pciid 

13)0 Flansham Lane. Falpham. Bognor Regis. 

^uawtx, Pa2Z GBB. * 0Z43 503495. 

Penpal iuged 1 ! - 14 warned to swap games 

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Dinlel Boujn, 41 Korsham Ave^ LondoQ, fil2 

9BG 

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Arian McOonaglL. 32 Graivmere Way, LaJcea 

Estate, Bletchly. Miltisn 

aKeynes, Buckinghamshire, MK2 3DZ. 

FREE£ text i>nly ddveiitLiire S€fCietsOiVr. Sand 
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Bill Clews. 33 Barefftoid. Blackburn. BBl WQ. 



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many), send SAE. 

Stephen MattJiews, 32 Old Wicimi, Cajtle 
Acre, Kingi Lynn, PE32 2BK. 

Wanied' Disk version of Elit^, wilL pay ( reason ^ 
able oiler} immgs printed (german only) at 30 
pfennigs a page. 
w Oveifeas 01049 5141 JJ350 pio. 

Prcagrams needed for a mag's homebrew sec- 
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E^ul Johnstone, 1 East Castle Road, Edio- 
burgh. EHIO SAP. 

English peoplei I'm a 15 y.o. Creek boy. I have 2 

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Marls Dolgljfas, Patfoklou 17, 41222 LarlSBB, 

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The Old Vi<:arage, Humbteton, HidJ, HU11 

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I need pokes mai^, cheats, cype^ins and hack- 
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"'Hadcman" Kelly. 43 DevoosMre Ave, South - 
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Can anyone help my 11 year old daughter with 
a tixx game Tianwi. filtbef LLpa or Ctu»l 
modes- 1 witi reimburse aU postage paid 
Mrs A B«nnett, 44 Fenwlck ltd, irnxtowe 
Evtale, Nottingham, HGB GF^ M,^^ 

Penpal wanLed to shate pokes. lips and games 

iFoigotton WorJds. Taigel Renegad&. Ciazy 

QLfs fl and more). I li^ave a ^128. tape deck. 

Multiiace 2, Siai IX^-IO, AMX mouse and three 

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Benjamin Fall. 40 Victory Bd« Subbington, 

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liTdjana Jonos antJ in<? tasi CiusAd^, New 
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Mafcftdqiy 11 Hun Elie Oaunilet. Emjytr Hugh- 
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Penpials wanted to swap games and tips 
V Fang, 12 Hheingold Way. Wallington. Surray, 
SM6 SNA. 

I want to fmd a r^enpaL - any country - who 
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Patil Kilbride, Brynhodd, 449 Revidge Rd. 
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Has anybody got AA16 or the art program 
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poke? ] will pay for the mag and swap 
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over 14. 

David Lent, 71 Z Eleanor ^tieet. Grimsby. 
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OPERATION 
THUNDERBOLT 

Oc*ah • C9,9« CAM, CI 4.99 disk 
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Kill til your barrel melts. Stnke with the 
speed ol a cobra and hit with forc^ of a thun- 
derbolt. Smash your en&jny with skiH, preci- 
sion and superior fiiepower ., Your inission is 
to get in. get the hostages and gcit out. 

Nearly a year has passed since you last 
went on the rampage in Operation Wolf. Now 
your particular brand of diplomacy - gunboat 
- ie needed again. American civilians have 
bean Wdnapped and iiaken to a ter- 
rorist base 6eep in the Afncan g^ ^ 
jungle. This rmssion pmmises ^^Bt 
to be your tonghfist ever, so 
you're given the opuon oi 
taking a fellow p^iycho 
along (or kicks. Wtth seven 
locations to liberate, 
going it alone mahes the 
Charge of the Ught Bragade 
look like a sound tactical 
rDove. 

Point and shoot, that's all you 
have to do. Terrori^s leap out to be 
blown away with bullets and grenades. The 
screen scrolls automaticallv towards you ot 
horizorttaUy psst as you stand there shooting. 
Larger vehicles require repeated bursts of fire 
or grenades to put them out of business. 
Simple reaslly, once you get the feel for youi 
gun and where its shots end up. Special 
bonuses are dropp&d in by some friend in ihe 
douds - bulletproof jackets. ammunitioTi. 
grenades, health care and even laser sighting. 
Shoot them as they fall and they're yours. 

The levels alternate their direction. You go 
from advancing up a load tc wandering 
around a base, but the difficulty always 
increaseSr There are bunkers to 
raid, rivers to cross, road blocks 

to run and camps to blow up. 
The final two sections have you 
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the pilot. It all sounds vary 
straightforward stuff, so why 
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Thunderboit lacks in gameplay, 
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arcade action. Last year the accuracy of the 
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oughbred shoot-out is beyond measure. 

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piggy bank and empty yours this Christmas. 
The company has developed a twoplayer sys- 
tem that will have Lhe best of friends at each 
other's throat, the worst of enemies fighting 
shoulder to shoulder. 

An imaginary line bisects the screen cen- 
trally. When a terrorist pops into view on youi 
Sid^, waste him immediately (although 
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^ SJ^ on your mate's side that's their 
h^^E^ problem as that guy won't fire 
^»^ ^ on you until he crosses thai 
^'^ hne. Of course, if you see your 
buddy's energy bar running 
down then you could lend a 
hand, but... 

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can pick up. Due to Government 
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tech help for one of you. So if you warn the 
laser sighting [to improve your aim) or bullet 
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the guy you're shooting, one eye open for spe- 
cial weapons and health pods, one eye on 
your partner and one more on yon ammo. 
Without worries about where you're going, 
you can relax and just enjoy the fireworks, 
becoming totally absorbed in the gunplay. 
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games, is tough, but those nice coding types 
at Ocean have implemented a variable credits 
system so the better you piay the 
9 fewer the credits and vice versa. 

OperAlion Thunderbolt 
is anarchy at its two- player best. 
Terrorists overwhelm the screen 
and you. and bullets, rochets and 
grenades are exploding every- 
where, while tackily dressed 
hostagfs run hither and thither. 
As a one- player game it's no 
cynch, th? unp]ayed pan ol the 



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screen consiantiy engagmg your atieniion, 
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BrilUant is the only way to describe 

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grammers have refined the gameplay to make 
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ACTION TEST 




Mchael Jacksons nev^r di6 ihey sunply fade 
away. Or that's what US Gold would have us 
believe. In MooBwalk&F you play the pan of 
th^ world's most pubhc re^tys^ on a crusade 
against drugs. There's litde violence, and 
when you are caught by the enemy, you fade 
away in shower of dust, tosing hit records 
instead of lives. 

Following the film {if that's humanly possi- 
ble) Level One takes you to the studios where 
MJ has Just finished his Bad video. On che lot 
tie's confronted by a herd o( mad autograph 
hunters and gangsters. Being such a shy, 
retlnng soul Mikey decides to leg it. 

His escai>e plan's from the 
B^ktick book of Cunning (Vol Uf 
- he'll disguise himself as a 
giant labbitf The pieces of the 
suit are scattered throughout 
the studio and Jacko has to 
coll(3ct them. Using a radar at 
the bottom of the screen you 
find the disguise, avoid baddies 
and make good your escape. As 
each bit of the costume is col- 
lected your piccy of Mihe 
changes from that lovable 
weurdo mto a giant rodent 
with big buck teeth and huge 
floppy ears (wrong iilm - 
edf}. 

Once you've got the 
moiorbihe that takes you to 
the next level the game 
changes gea: The chase is 
DD as diug-dealiug heavies 
and motoTised gKiuptes pui- 
sne you around the set. The thugs have set 
up road blocks, and you ne^ to get past 
them. In the movie^ MJ looks up, sees his 
lucky star, and binga he's a car! There's nowt 
that easy herei The star's been split into ten 
orbs that must be collected before transfoima- 
tion. 

The bike is last and ultra manoeuvteable, 
which is just as weU as you weave in and out 
of side streets and between heavies. Using 
the radar, you tfack the orbs but leave the one 




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nearest the road block till last. You can only 
tflfiy as a car for ten seconds and it moves 
much slower than the biite You also appreci- 
ate why young Mike has twenty disks to work 
through, as there are five stages to complete 
before this high-speed game of catch is over. 
Level Three is the vjdeo Smooch Cnmmal, 
and here Mr Nice Guy shows his Que colouxs 
and starts shooting He s back m human form 
to rescrue fnends from the evil druggies, tn 
Club 30 s. machine-toting bad guys pop up at 
the windows and start tiring. Michael has to 
find a machine gun and ammunition, then 
trade shots. He runs and jumps out of the way 
of bullets, leaping onto the tables or up stairs 
to save his ever diminjshjng supply of disks, 
while trying to take out 30 villains. 

The dealers dont hang around^ so quick 

accurate shoottng s necessary, especially as 

ammunition is in short supply Moving the 

^ick moves MJ, pulling the trigger and 

waggling moves the gun saght. It's a 

hard battle to win, as you soon get 

intensely claustrophobic. not 

knowing which way to run, jump 

or shoot 

The fourth and Jinal 
level 15 ^e show-dovra with the 
boss drug-dealer Your Jackson 
figure has transformed himself into 
a giant robot, and is set to shoot it 
out In an arena with all the heavies 
Mr Big can muster. Vou stay sta- 
tionary, swinging from side to 
side blastmg as baddies appear 
from everywhere. By this point 
you're so low on lives it pays to 
be cautious, because losing your 
|$$t disk her^ mean^ a letura to 
the v^ry beginning... 

Levels One and Two are 
graphically limited by their 
Gauuijec styling, but Three and 
Four make amends. M J moves 
like his humaii (wellp almost] model, leaiung 
over shots and onto furniture. Each levd fs 
previewed with a screen to depict the film^ 
giving the game a fuUer feel. The best graphi- 
cal moment comes at the very begmningr 
where MJ's feet and famous sparkly socks 
walk across your screen before giving a twirl. 
Completely superfluous, but very pretty. 

Being based on a musical film puts 
MoonwafJcer m an odd^posiEion. the sounds 
lustifying the game. Attempts at four of Mr 
Jackson's ditties accompany the levels, of 
which only Smooth CnmrnaJ pays dividends. 
Two and Four have pleasant but unrecognis- 
able songs, while the unfonunate Level One 
gets the baddest version of Bad imaginable. 



SECOND OPINION 

A sirmge film, and an ^^eir strangef 
licence. Looks good, but nmkes ]^iriii' 
Bliy no sense at sfL RL 

GUCEM SCREEM 




• Michael se^ka out hii rabbit dieguiiti. 





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• Gunf^ghtirvg acllon in Club 30's. 



Moonwalkei succeeds as a compilation of 
games bound together by an anti-drugs nar- 
rative. None are particularly difficult, but 
Levels Two to Four ay exhibit enciting ten- 
dencies. Twenty lives make the whole epic 
attemptahle in one go, and that's unponant. 
The dull hist level, needs more baddies and a 
smaller map Once past there, the pace picks 
up and you find yourself in W^cko's weird 
world. Odd but fun. TW 



rum UATf TAfiGET SCORE 



Peadi Level Two 



The Verdict 




GR4PHICS ...,., ........ 


.76% 


•i:-^at moments. 




SOMiCS 


..72%. 


Smooth CmnmafsouMs bnH. 


■ Sad sdunds, w^ bid. 




GRAB FACTOR 


-21% 


■ Level One is dull 




STAYtHG POWER 


79% 


Twenty Lives 




Three good games. 





4A RATING 



7a% 



A strong game Irom a siiange licence 



AAffSTRAfV ACTtt>M 83 



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ACTION TEST 




TURBO OUT 
RUN 



US Gold • C9-ii ciss, El4.9i Mwk 

joyttkk/k«ys 



G^t youi motor rurming and head out on the 

highway, ltx>kid' foi adventure and whatever 
E^mes yoiu way. And what a motor it is - a 
three litre V8 twiiitiuiio beast, encased in 
glowing Italian racing red. The world's fastest 
car is here once again, this time in for an 
ultra-fast Turbo Out Run across the US of A. 

As Andy Warhol once said. "One day 
everyone will play Out Run for 15 minutes ' 
He was right - the machines in their various 
guises have been one of the biggest arcade 








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hits since P&c Man The fiist home micro con- 

veision, however left a few LttJe things oui 
Lifee gameplay and speed. It was acclaimed 
as the only driving sint m the world that could 
be played by post. FoUowlng this debade, 
Turbo bad a lot to live dovm. 

Your Fenaii waits at the start. There's the 
arcade music tweeting away m the back- 
ground and the New York scene all around. At 
the bottom of your screen sit two dials, one 
for speed and one lor revs. Above are the two 
mo^ important gauge® of all - time and over- 
heat. Time Umils aie tight, so care has to be 
taken to ensure a finish if not victory. An over- 
heat metei is needed as such a tightly-engi- 
neered power unit soon stans coolting 

The clock ticks down. Hit the fire button 
for turbo boost, and you'te off. The pick-up 
from a standing $tatt is impressive and soon 
your pootling along at top whack. The cars In 
front don t really matter, fust give them a 
quidk nudge with your E600.(WO baJay and 
theyll get the message thai you're serious. 

There aie only two opponents, the clock 
and a mysterious grey Porsche 959. Beadug 
(he dock's a must if you want to oonUnue, 
while ytfih the Porsche it's a que^on of 
pride. If he gets to the end of the stage before 
you then the Chick' (fAeard chaef -Broadieyl 



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jumps out of your car and goes to ride with 
him until you win the another stage. 

That's the stoiryline You blast through 
America, heading fof California via Miami. 
Each section has a different backdiop and dif- 
ferent characterisiics, Pittsburgh, for 
instance, is snowed under, and this has an 
often terminal effect on cars taMng hairpin 
bends at 200mph. Of course, you can always 
use one of the three pit stops to fine-tune 
your motor for the conditions ahead. 

The tuibo comes into H$ own on the later 
sections. Blasts of power are needed to run 
road blocks and smash boulders that have 
fallen in youi path. Of course, if the turbo's 
over-used then ii'Il overheat and be out of 
oommission for a few seconds, leaving you 
straggling as each impact slows you down. 

The graphics axe good - net stuiming. but 
dear. The car itself is superb^ but some of the 
andUaiy tar sprites and side buildings appear 
with an alarming suddenness The road is 
true to its arcade parent, not smooth hut visi- 
ble, as It would look at 200 mph plus, one 
assumes. 

The car responds a tad sluggishly to direc- 
tional adjustments, an effect that's increased 
on poor surfaces to represent loss of traction. 
These car charactenstics take a while to get 
to grips with but allow you to develop a 'feel' 
for driving^ Nudgmg other cars out of the way 
helps catch the Porsche and bimbo's eye. but 
here everything becomes confused with the 
car behaving differentty after every knock. 

The lack of any sound effects makes the 
game strangely remote, too. The aicade accu 
racy of the tune is undeniable, but screaming 
tyres should accompany sudden arm 
wrenching corners, and not a pleasant little 
jLngle. Turbo generally leaves you feeling 
quite distant. With all the attention having 

^ SECOND Of*iNiOH 

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NewerttTetess, n^eni fBcSi^g games 
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been lavished upon the quality of the conver- 
sion the magic ingredient of addictiveness 
has been lost. Even the tight time limits don't 
really make you want to race. 

Tuite is a thorough and convincing con- 
version of a dassic arcade game that is now 
beginning to show its age. The tesults of this 
are dear even in the conversion of the updat- 
ed Ttirbo Out Run. Everything works but 
there's nothing there to send your pulse rac- 
ing, fn a world of car games, the original 
pacesetter and m offspring now look a little 
long in the tooth. 

A quality conversion is no longer enough 
these days, and a game needs something spe- 
cif to make its mark Tiirbo's strength is sup- 
PO&&A to be the cai^ on which it's based, but 
over the last year there have been a plethora 
of F40 {Ciazy Cais R Tvm Tuibo vk based 
games, and the world's most exotic hardware 
n^y not now be enoy gh ... TW 



FJKST DAY TARGET SCORE 



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anAPHiCS 

Great car. 
■ Vague csQllissons 


.J4% 


$0HIC% ..„. ,.... 

■ ...buL Qoef feels. 


.50% 


QHAB fACTOR 

m n nevei genu exciUr.a. 


38% 


$TAYIHQ POWER 

Loads o! loads. 
■ Hut will you warn- ^' 


64% 



AA RATING 



Competent but dulL 



64% 




m AecviBfaii tntf wfl^ etow terrtia HyifiQ, 



THUNDERBLAIIE 



HoM an lo your sfomochs, unscramble yoijr 
brains lor lh& journey of o lifetime in the most 
odvtinced Helicoptar guns hip ever coficeived. 



BLASTEROIDS 



Sottfe your wpy fh rough Sectors and 

Utiloxi^f riddled with asteroids and 

deadly enemy ships. 



ATARI 



L.E.D. STORM 



Th* road race gam« of the yeor, puts you in control 

of a high powered fulMristic vehtcle through 

nin^ foiSt, furious and haxardaus stages. 



INDIANA JONES' 



Indy'i q^u^st is to recover the socrefl and 

IKJwerful SANKRA STONE and fre* the 

enslaved chiMren of MAYA PORE. 

Only you can belp himl 



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ACTtON TEST 



GHOULS AND 



T^Kti? 



Capcom • £9.99 cass, CI 4.99 4Hk 
joystick/keys 



A giave suuaLion tias arjBen. In facl Use peo- 
ple in the graves have risen too. A bunch of 
inter^dimension^ tKfi$tJe3, who go by the epi- 
ihet of the "EviJ Ones', have reiurned to Earth 
and are conunanduig the amies ot Ghouh 
&nd Ghosts. The first pan of iheir cunning 
plan involves the kidnapping of Princess Hus. 
giiUriend ol that knight for a day. Arthur 

ArUiur is someone you may have met 
before, way back when people like Smder 
werent even a blip on thsii programmers 
moniKof. He starred in that eaily Elite classic 
Glioses n" Gobhm, where he hacked, slashed 
and generally killed as many supernatural 
beasties as he could lay his sword on. That 
battle was against the 'Evd Ones' too. so this 
time its (or keeps. 




• Shoot the vullures before they swoop. 



GbmlB \s a suaigbt sequel, the gamepLay 
and the plot remaining almo^ identical to 
Ghosts with jusst a few new ideas and Lricks 
being biougbt iato play Aitbui ha^ to cross a 

horizontally- scrolling landscape within a set 
time limit, throwing weapons in front and 
above to clear his path of spectral beasties. 
Monsters nse out of immaiked graves, 
mutant plants spit se^ed death and every 
now and agatn an ultra-brg super-ghost 
ambles on the scene. Dodge, shnei and move 
are^ your only options, as you cross bridges. 
castle battlements and cornfields. 

As a player, there aren't many courses of 
action 10 cboose from - but the right om has 




to taken al the nght moment, or you're in big 
trouble Moved by $imple joystick commands 
Arthur runs, jumps and ducks. AU you have to 
do is learn the landscape and it s a cakewaUi. 
Once you know where a bridge collapses, a 
vulture lives or ghosts emerge, life becomes a 
whole lot easier. 

There are five different levels for you to 
ccnquern each featuring a number of restart 
points. Level One starts you in field hot on the 
trail of the EvU Ones' casUe. Ghosts ^^ pour- 
ing out of the ground and ail yoa ve got is a 
sword - well, thousands of them actually - to 
defend yourself. Luckily you're clad in shiny 
new armour that can take one direct hit from. 
a baddie before it disappears, leaving you m 



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m Kill Ihls guy 10 linish Level One. 



boxer shorts. Embarrassment will be the least 
oX your worries, though, when a horde of 
blood' sucking turtle aie breaching down 

your neck... 

Occasionally the ondead you make dead 
Jeave you ^ littte pressie in th& form of points 
scoring, extra armoui or a more heavy-duty 
weapon: throwing axes, deadly frisbees and 
short range magic grenades ajre but a few. 
The landscapes detemime the best strate- 
gies. Castle sections require a lot Of tedder- 
climbing which has to be rimed perfectly, 
open ground involving more pit-jumping and 
running over hillsides and buildings. 

That's all there is to the game - which in 




many ways is its strength. Essentially a sim 
pie concept, it seeks to attraa you through 
the trtckinesB factor - sheer volume of oppo 
nents. The graphics reDected this in the origi- 
nal game - bold and straightforward, anistry 
sacrificed for accessibility. Gho^s is a sequel 



SECOHD OPIHIOH ' 

Th& graphics &r^ gh&sUy' in afl Ihe 
wrong ways. Stilt qutle plsyai^le once 
y&ti g^t Itito it though. RL 



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GREEN SCKBEN 

QfG&n ghQuls iook ttne^ 



which follows in much the same vein, wrttb 
basic sprites and ^ong. straightforward 
backdrops. Yet even Cheats looked a sparse 
and unsophisticated in its day, aiid with 
Ghoufs Its doubly the case. The graphics look 
as if they were drawn out three years ago. 

Yet with an intentionally quirky theme 
tune to help things along. Ghouls almost 
works, being both addictive and fun to play. 
The poor graphics do. however, put paid to 
any longterm appeal. The selection of 
weapons and 'second chance armour' take 
the game that much funher - but not far 
enough. TW 



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Finish t.evel One 



§ A big. bad Level Five gu^f-dian. 



• Gel hil once arKl you lose your annour. 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


. 36% 


SONICS , „ 


.62%' 


m Average spoi edects. 




GRAB FACrOB 


,61% 


'■ ■ ■■ ■ 




STAVING powen 


56% 


i'v i.nd Jong levels. 
■ T:,' ute bu.1 fails. 


. 


A A RATING 49% | 


Fun but very liiniced 
• A graphic faicB. 



eS AMSmAD ACTiOH 



ACTiON TEST 



ALTERED 
BEAST 



Actfvllfon • £9.t9 MM, CI 4.M ««ll 
j«yttlcUlc«iri 

The foetid smell of death hangs in the air. and 
th« taste of blood sends you into kill Iten^y. 
But that's only natural because you're an 
Aimred Beast and iV& time to hunt 

Raised horn the dead w serve an alien 
godi you've been given the power of meta- 
morphosis and become youi maker's crush- 
ing, vengsfu) fist. Nell, youj god's sworn 
ensnty, has caused this disturbance and j^ou 
must make him pay bis pound of flesh - plus 
interest I 

Zeus'g gift i^ a terrible and frighteiimg 
power indeed. The collected spirits of dead 
foes empower you to assume new and horri- 
ble forms. Mutant magical iDon^terg that wiil 
slaughter Nelf "s heil-spawn^ armies, 

LightDmg rents che heavens and you 



SECOND OPINfON 

Nice musfc. and the gf^phics would 
be great toe if they moved pr&petfy. 
PfsySt Bf^, ffke sn Bbsofuis dog. AW 




QREBN SCft££M 

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stand ready for battle. A journey mto the 
depths of the underworld will follow, but first 
you must fight youi way to the entrance. You 
only punch and kick to begin, most of yom 
blows lacking enough power for quick kills. 
So accurate in™fighting is needed, if yoit are 
to survive long enough to collect 'spirit balls' 
and change into something much more pow- 
erful. 

Level TWO is the entrance to the under- 
woild, and white you became a boulder- 
ihiowing wollman in Part One. here you 
tfansform into a flying were-dragon with 
napalm breath and white hot armoured skin. 
Each level features a different hea^t. but it is 
a form that is taken from you by Nell at the 
end of each $eciion Vou start every level as a 
mere mortal Thi^ may sound unfair, but the 
power you have at your claw tips as a mon- 
ster is so awesome this te:stores a sense of 
balance. 

The monsters you have to kill are a pretty 
Sony bunch. Even when your face flashes and 
you become a liideous. mutated beast, they 
stili stumble on, oblivious to the fact that 
you're hungry and they're lunch f Purple zom- 
bies fall imo piles of rotting carrion, hell 
hounds disappear as 'spirit balls" and even 
the end-of -level nastier just plug away until 
they die in a cloud ol grey smoke. 

The graphics for B&^t are of a quality that 
i& at the same time inspiring and irritating. 
Warriors are statuesque and golden with a 
classic look about them. Even in the thick of 




# Level Three Is iouth as a mere mortal, 



combat they maintain an athletic poise, 
swtnalng a low punch, or tucking as they 
jump. However it's the Intervening points 
between these poses that gets the goat, as 
they simply don't exist 1 The Beasts have a 
repository of moves that can be counted on a 
very few fingers, lesuiting in jerky ajctions, 




• Tq kill zDinbH^^. jus^l pun^h low and kicic tiard. 



because when they do move it's slowly. 

The scrolling background too suffers from 
sadden leaps rather than gradual progression, 
It's complex and colourful scenery Ehats 
being moved around, but that's no excuse for 
a pitiful update rate. The feeling that too 
much is being done is overwhelming. 

Music pumps out of the CPC the like of 
which even 2eus has never he^rd before. 
Punchy and menacing, it temporarily takes 
youj mind off the gameplay - with the hdp ol 
the great sound effects. 

The attempts at arcade aocufacy are 
where the game goes wrong. The ntaM feast 
sprite lacks one of the^main fighting moves 
present on the arcade, and in a game where 
the enemy is beaten into surrender, you need 
all the moves you can lay yoirr paws on. 

Beast is for games what Stonehenge is to 
powered flight! a novel idea, years ahead of 
its time and technically excellent in parts - 





..but as » waratwir^ brevlh weapons even it up. 



but it'll n&vei get off the ground. Terrific 
sprites and music aren't enough. 

The Greeks who followed Zeus, thought 
the crime of hubris - thinking oneself on a par 
with the gods - was fatal. Acti vision tried to 
create an Aiiewd Beast and has spawned a 
beautiful but unruly monster. TW 




•- Two-play&r action on Level One. 



JWtST DAY TAfiGET SOOUE 



Fimsh LeTjel Two 



TTie Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


92% 


ft ,- „:.<grQunds, 




SONICS 

/ Awesome soundtradt. 
. Ongin^ O^ghlmg effects. 


96% 


GRAB rAcroit...... 

■ Nevei leaily gets going 


.43% 


SfAYtHG POWfR 

■ "Jsjify' scrolliiig Kills gameplay. 

■ Too slow.. 


21% 


4 4 AATING 50% 


. A flawed, but va.!' ■ -^l 
; ■ The lack of ^peed slays the beaft 





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ACTIOH TEST 



1 %fe Z; U'i l&^ 

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GHOST- 
BUSTERS JJ 



Activision • C9.99 casi, C14.99 disk 



Wtim Egon Spengter takes a lady out for a 
llighl. it's soroethijig special On New Years 
Eve for example, who does he bring out to 
panv by I ihe Statue of Liberty! As if that 
wasn't eDQiugti, he then had her fight a battle 
royal against an invading army of spwks on 
Broadway. How and why can h« do ^ch 
things? Not by Heineken, not by 
any mechanical means for that 
matt€r, but by slime power - 
and because he's a 
Ghostbuster H. 

Now the team haven't 
exactly been flavour of the ^ 
month m Manhattan Central 
since theii run in with 
Stay Puft. when they took the '^^ 
lop off a multi-million doDar <^i, 
apartment complex. The ensuing ***jf^ y^ 
legal hassles ni^iade their supernatural 
adventures look safe. They weie bankrupt, 
discredited as fraiids and reduced to woiking 
on tacky-wraofcy TV 
ih0W$. That was unii 
DOW, when the fickle Nev. 
York public finds its got ?. 
dime problem of apoca- 
IfptJc standards. 

There's this Cai 
pathian chappie v^ho's 
taken a Liking to living 
and won't stay dead 
Vigo, for tt is he, like all 
good ghosts just wants to 
have fun. iSniortunately a 
spook's idea of a good time involves th^ sev- 
enth plane of belt and a short meeting with a 
guy carrying a trident. So onoe agam the boys 
in the boiler suits are caUed back into action, 
and this is where the fun starts. 

Pim and foremost in Ghostijusters IT is a 
trip to collect sofne slime. This stuff has been 
slowly growring in the sewers for months. It 
feeds on humara emotioo aitd in such a happy 
cheery dty, it grows real quick and leal mean. 
The authorities, however, still refuse to help 
the 'Busters to get a sample, and so they set 
up a f5(ke road block and diill into a subway 
tunnel. This is vv here you join the action. 

A volunteer' has b^n selected to go 
down the hundred-foot air shaft, pa^t a whole 
host of ghosts, ghouls and things that go 
splat in the dark. Yoti have to guide the 
saviour of humanity down on a rope, armed to 
his 'bustin teeth with proton beam rifle, PKH 
bomlK and shields. Simple? You ve got to be 
kidding f 

All the way down are different kinds of 
spirit intent on stopping this brave attempt. 
Hands come out of the wall and grab you, tra- 
diticnal sheet ghc^ts float up sapping your 
courage, slimera spit slime and saw monsters 
try to cut your lifeline. To make matters 




• On l^ve^ One and a slime-coFlecting migfitun. 




m Stnd oul tNe populsiiofi t(> gather gtiMl 
sllmi. 



worse^ the old air shaft is in a 
bad stale of repair and girders jut 
out. fordng you to swing past. 
On the plus sidte are refills of ammunitton 
- very necessary, as being surrounded by the 
undead makes you very 
qht on the trigger fin-jjer 
^ you gel spooked too 
often, your GfiostfausEers 
face on the score panel 
gets gradually more terri- 
fied until you let go of the 
:ope - not really a good 
-dea as the fate of the 
world hangs on it too. 
Bottles of €Aixk are on 
hand to give you some 
Dutch courage, but these 
are few and far between, so timing is impor- 
tant as well as speed. 

Items are collected by landing both feet 



over them. But as if things weren't 

bad enough already, some fool has 

also dropped your sMme scooper I ^ 

down the shaft tool 

It's split into three 

parts so you've also 

got to hang about 

(literally) to 

pick this up 

as weU. You 

have got 

thiee lives, so 

hang loose f 

Once you've 
managed to fill 
your beaker 
with slime, then 
the analysis can 
begin. The results 
aie not good. Proof 
of the impending dis- 




• Udy Ubeny leacts the way on L*v»l Twfo. 



Sa] AMSTHAD AGTt€»M 



ACTION TEST 



i 

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• Uu the Ihtae vw^afimi t« iitih« giiosts. 



a^^, if you needed any, comes v^b^n you dis- 

oover that ghosts are Qying down Broadway 

and thai the Lady Liberty is 

Mil of slime and walks* 

Taking the symbolic 

tank, you sliicle to the 

rescue and find out why 

Ghostbi^sl&Fs H is a 

Mastergame. The second 

sectiort l£ a $crolling spook- 

em up of moid warping 

subtlety- You guide the 

First Lady of America 

down the road as spectral 

nasties swam in from the 

right. You shoot flame from a 

multi-directionai firebaU. a fire 

that bums f>n ghost slime. The 

more shots you lire Uie lower 

your supply of slime gets, so 

obviously more is needed. By 

now you have the population on 

your side and they volunteer to 

nash out from the (e^l of the 

statue and giBb the $lime tliat 

Che ghems become when they're 

shot. 

You control the people, 
sendEng them out to get supplies 
with a quick stab of the space bar. 
But Vigo is also sending his zombie min- 
ions out to stop the slime collectors, so 
youVe not only got to blast the spooks 
back whence they came^ but move the 
fireball into a position lo piotect the good citi- 
sens of the Big AppJe. You end up watching 
umpteen things at once, and uying EO control 
both citizens, a 152ft high statue and a spook- 
blasting Hame all aL onco. 

The third and final level takes you to face 
Vigo mano mano in a city museum. You must 
destroy the ghost at the same time as rescu- 
ing Oscar, a baby kidnapped at the beginning 
of the movie. Each Ghostbuster is c(Mitiolled 



SECOND OPiNiON 

Om of frte best fiim Ue-ms since .. ef^ 
Batman, FoHows th^ usii&t p&ttem at 
'3i^M-frorThtf}^film st^^s, but cafi^ 
tiif^s thB atmosphere superbly. A W 





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5e|}eracely. and a battle of hair-raising propor- 
tlons is the result as the movie and the game 
teach their ^nal stages . 

Phghteningly good graphics immediately 
^et this game apart from everyday tilm 
licences, the statue being the centrepiece. It 
captures a caitoonesque gualits^ that manages 
to convey tho comic aspects of the movie 
excellently. Other Gbos^tbuster licences have 
stressed the darker side, relying on sombre 
colours to suggest terror, here you se^ it slow- 
ly etched onto the the dusters face dunng the 
first level. 

The whole project is put together as a 
spoof movie. The programming aedits come 
film- style, and each section of the game fs 
introduced v\?ith a brief summary of the plot 
and digitised pictures. That tune - you know. 
the one you can't help humming - is theie 
too, as is the '60s hit featured in the mov^. 
It's a multi-load, but being a sequential game 
of only three seaions not that painful to bve 
with. 

The Oliver Twins have bought all Uieii 
expertise to bear on this project. Great game- 



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t A jpfolon team rif^ft for killing spoolcs 

2 PKR Shields stop giiosls njuchJng ^oy 

31 PKR bDinliA aifl ui«d Id tlop Ihe rope cutllng 

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play and graphics aie slightly spoiled by Uie 
easteness of Level One. but at last the 
Ghostbusee75 have come of age and star In a 
game worthy of their name. Humour pervades 

but not at the expense of aaion. If you want 
great gaming fun, give the Ghostbiisteis a 
can - they 'm back m business, T W 



FIRST DA? TABCCT SCOBE 



Get to Level Two 



The Verdict 


i< 


GAAPHICS 


..S4% 


Convincing character$. 




. DigitisGtd loading pjds, 




SONfCi 


..91% 


Jr^xcel^ent film tnusic. 




Fun splar effects. 




GHAfi fJiCTOR. 


83% 


Very easy Level One 


' A real good looker. 




STAYINa POW£R 


.61% 


. Level Two s5 well 'ard. 




■ Not hajd enough. unfoiiunateJv. 




A A RATING 94% 


EvenbetLei than the movje. 





Iht wBa|H»n« window shows your curr&nt 
wti^n and remiltiifig amrrto. 



QREf M SCREEN 

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CABAL 




Ocean • C9.9S csssj CI 4.99 disk 



"KUl 'emr TMX set5 the tone 
for Cabai and is Uie Qpiion 
!hat starts the game. No beat 
it:ig aj^yt th€ bush here, it^s a 
gam& that's based soley on 
one man's destmctive power, 
Diopped behind enemy lines 
his mission is simple, mass 
murder on a scale to shame 
Jack tlte Ripper himself. 

Caba} looks like Operation ThundeiboH for 
the under fives, but don'i let that fool you. 
Cute carnage on a grand scale is just as much 
fun as the grow'ed up Ictnd, This time your 
guy stands bravely/stupidly in view, able to 
run left or right but not away A cursor floats 
about, moved by pulling the sUcic diagonaOy, 
and with limitless bullets you can just spray 
the scr&an as you line up oaoh 5hot. 

The scenes he fights over are small urban 
areas that get more congested with buildings 
and people as the levels progress. Luckily the 
little peep" can hide behind walls for cover 
and the bullets travel relatively sJowiy. so you 
can get out the way. As everything comes 
down and the pctioii gets really heavy^ the 



SECOND OPiHION 

Catsal com^s up wih iho goods. Armed 
wth untimiied amrm/nMon, msMne guns. 
baioQim$ 3nd gren^es Ih^ bdd guys dM't 
stBfid ^ chanm^ Gr^ai hin wif^n yours Irt 
the (nomt tor a fnassacre. tut not th^ 
sart of g&nw to k«p /w enthralhd 
for hours. AW 

OftfEN SCMEEM 

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amount of lead in the aii brealts every regula 
tion in the Health and Safety Act. This has the 
unfortunate off ea of demolishing most of the 
on-screen structures which you'd like to 
cower behind, so you've got to stand up for 
yourself and fight like a sprite 

The enemy soldiers ooine in three mam 
forms, close, closer and too dose! They sneak 
on from the side of the screen or out of build- 




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and therefore a joy to play You wouldnH want 
to spend hours blammmg away, your trigger 
finger couldn't take it! But for those moments 
when you want some fun that leaves the 
brain in neutral but taikes the reactions to 
their limit, its perfect. Understated graphics 
and simple sounds don't hinder the pleasure 
that comes from surviving against over- 
whelming odds - at least temporarily. TW 







ings^ in one of three ranks. The dosei they 
ane, the larger the target and the fewer the 
points but the more dangerous their return 
liie. So get your priorities right - you can, 
after all. only srore points if you're alive 

To begsn wish Caj&a/s armed with a poxy 
single-shot gun. which ain't a lot of good if 
you want to lay waste to whole armies. 
Luckily, the chaps in green he's fighting have 
a sense of sportsmanship and occasionally 
toss him an much improved weapon. These 
are either grenades, a basootta or a machine 
pistol - and then things really Uveo up. 
Grenades take out tanks and knod[ dovvn 
buildings, bas^ookas repeat-fir@, blowing away 
anything they hit, while machme guns are 
just wild. Your fire rate doubles and the shots 
are more powerful, but they only work for ten 
seconds before you run out of ammo. So bang 
away when you Ve got one! 

CAbai has five lives to begin with and 12 
grenades Theie are another two lives on offer 
in the continue' credit after you fmaMy die. 
Still, even this many miraculous recoveries 
are far from enough to let him finish his mis- 
sion. because even when you've rhe measure 
of the Eroops liiere are the end of level vehi- 
cles to lake out, and they ain't wimps. 
Helicopter bombers, tanks and even sub- 
mannes are out to oui a stop to your jaunt. 

Caba/ is an eMcellent example of a game of 
stunning simpUdty thats progianun^d well 




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..65% 


„ N^meidus foes. 




■ Little colour. 




SONIC S ., 


...52% 


Good thene lucie. 




■ DuU effects. 




GJ?AS FACTOR....... 


„.92% 


J n.-ii-ant maciune gun fun. 




> Simple game mechanics. 




STAYING POWER 


,,72% 


FiVt' it-vers 




■ A mite to simpli^L3C m the long Hin? 


Ail RATING 


77% 


Good, dean, murderous ftm. 





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THUS • £9,99 cas5» £14.99 disk 
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When Titus promises tjo give you a ^cteen full 
of game you'd beitei faeii&ve 'em, 
KnightloFce opefis with two of the most stun- 
iiing loadltkg screens evei seen on a CFC. 
Using Titm*s overscan techniijue. the mom- 
toTs fille<J from edge to edge with gothic 
graphics. But it doesn't stop there, they aciii- 
aUy manage to aam full' screens into ihe 
game ^ well Combine this vnth eKcetJem 
animetion and detailed backdiops, and you 
know you re in for a pixel feast But how does 
it ^aok up as game? 

Knigbt Force take^ the form of an arcade 
adventure Fair Storm, the hunky hero, has to 
track down Red Sabbath's clones who are 




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scattered through time and destroy them. 
Otherwise, the evil wizard wilt work his ctaft 
and erase the magical land of Belloth from Ihe 
coiridois of time. 

Time )umpmg is a simple affair once you 
know how. Go to the four stone Dclemen', 
rattle some bead^ and as if by magic you've 
changed century The oracle has nanowed 
the field down to the four most dangerous 
clones One's in Pie-history, one's holed up in 
modem New York, another's hiding in a futur- 
istic space City, while ibe fouith replicant has 
taken lefuge in a Canta^Y wodd. The oidei in 
which vou visit them is up to you, but they 
must aU be overcome if Belloth is to survive. 

The mighty Fail Storm is a pretty special 
knight, but a particularly weak one. He can 
jump huge distances - it's the safest and 
fastest way to move - but only take a few hits 
before he's pushing up the daisies He has 
only a limited number of sword strokes to slay 
folks with, so you Know split second timing 
and luck are going to play a large part m your 
neai future. 

The Stone-age land is populated by a hoet 
of Neanderthal cavemen - refugees from 
B^Tbanan TJiey grunt a lot and lash out with 
then dubs, but are very vulnerable to certain 
strokes of your blade. New York pits you 
against a wickedly TaM female gang leader 
who would make Tyson think twice Putuie 
world features some nasty robots and strange 
spring creatures, while in Fantasy land you 
need ptam good fortune to avoid being bitten 
in the head by a lunatic dwarf. 

Your object is to kill the done wizard and 
all his cronies in a particular ^one. then grab 
part of a magic amulet that will stop Sabbath 
taking over time. You must top all the bad 
guys on the level first, then take out the wiz- 
ard clone: a tall order at first, but it's aU a 
matter of technique Certain creatuie/cre' 
ations have different weak spots and these 
can only im discoveied by fighting and dying 
o^untless times until you get tbat one lucky 
shot. 

The whole game has that Barbarian feel, 
with a limited variety of monsters but stun- 
ningty accurate swoidplay action that brings 
combat scenes to life. The similanty's futher 
enhanced by the use of the ftick-screen 
design of the game, each one loading seper- 
aiely. The characters move very fast and 
hencerorth appear smooth and fluid in their 
aaions Impressive is to small a word for Jt 
{Slick £0 impressive - ed). 

Yet even with four different sections to 
explore the fiist-Ume pkyei is put off by tte 
sheer toughness of all the opponents They 
have to be struck cleanly in the exact spot or 
they don't die. whereas they seem to be able 
to whack you whenever they p]ea$a. The Mm- 
tted instructions don t hetp much either, you 
know why you're risking your life but given 
few clues as to the art of survival in the 
strange worids you visit. With only one life 
and little energy to spare you dje loo sudden- 



ACTION TEST 



ly to even begin to figure out what to do. 

Death results in a return to the Dolemen' 
statues and a repetition of the whole process 
Disk users get a high score table but have to 
route through n every ume they die, even if 
there's no chance of them etching their name 
on the board A hads and slash vet' might be 
able to cut it here, but the average games 
^yer with normal reactions - lUie myself - 



^^ECOND OPiNiOH 

Ali wry pretty^ but what about the 
ganm? You itie too a^sHy and there's 
too much disk access. V¥h^t's ttm 
point ot ha^irtg pretty picture if you 
spe/id mosi of your tirm toadmg 
betw&enthem? 
RL 

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Dark bui dear 





stand no chance whatsoever The whole p^k- 
age being nuned by overly difficult gaming 
and too little time lo assimilaLe what's hap- 
pening 

Titus seems to feel that an awesomely 
good looking game has to be conespondmgly 
tough, which is a shameful waste. Knight 
Force !ooks Eoo mouthwatering to miss, but a 
few quKk trips back to the start wili have you 
cursing and confused itnigfttforces a peat 
rolling slide show of of games screens for 
anjsts to admire, but a continuous 
KnjgJumaie for gamesters TW 



FIftST DAY TAUGCT SCOftE 



40 OOO points 



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GRAPHICS... 


99% 


Awesome, 


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■ Wheres all the music gone' 
Fun spot effects 


-35% 


GRAB FACTOR 

The graphics demaml ym play . 
■ \h^ qmie forces you to stop. 


.72%; 


STA YtNG POWER 

■ Very hard gomg. 
Tliore an! Leclmiqiiea to learn. 


.64% 


AA RATING 70% 


Breail r^l^ 
game 





J^MSTftAD ACTiON 61 



THE UITIMATE 

six exciting action sequences 
put you in control of Elliot Ness's 
elite squad of mafia-busters. 





THE BQFlOeR RAID 

The Raifway Station confrontation and 
Warehouse bust culminating in the thrilling 
denouement of a 

ROOFTOPpDUEL 

as you re -live the Ignite edge existence of Ness 
in his struggle against thefetnbution of Capone! 



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smooth and polished as you can get 
animation is top notch... a briltiant 
film conversion" 
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apparent in the game design, there 

are the superb graphics" 

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even better. Great atmosphere -..the 

music is brilliant ... a spectacular 

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package ...and utterly superb game." 

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PICriONARY 



Hamark • £14.99 cassp C19.9S disk 
layitick/key^ 




Bet you can't draw a picture 
ol 'Unaiiimoiis'7 How sbout 
'Permanent Press', then' 
Tough isn't it? Th^se are the 
kmcf of challenges that face 
any wouJd be- Pictioneer. 
which " befote you ask ^ is 
anyone who's playing 
laiesc boaid game oonvmsion. 



Donxarks 

Picticjjiaiy* 

The originaJ PicUonaiy was a wordhased 
Ciharades game, whem you went racing 
around the board not answering questions 
but sketching words to be guessed by your 
team. The troubls was that you had just one 
minute in which to produce a legible picture 
that used no words, Jetters, numbers oi writ- 
ten svn^bols Millions of people went half 
crazy trying to dehne caffeine' and grandfa- 
ther' with pen and paper. 

But how could such an involved game be 
bought to tiie computer? Domark s answer is 
a custom designed quick-draw ait package. 



SECOND OPffMf <»f 

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Board and pieces are shown oa-scieen, and 
when the time comes to sketch out a word a 
canvas unfurb foi you to fill with your semi- 
mteUiglble scnbblmgs. 

Playahie with any number of 
people/teams from one to four, the aim is to 
finish first in a chase around the board. Eith&r 
everything can he looked after by the comput- 
er. 01 you can share in the workload yourseE 
Team play's most fun, given pilayers' total 
inability to agree over what "tiiat circle" 
mear^ ttiy guessing the words wiUiout look- 
ing at the captions and you U get the general 
idea). 

The time limit is up to you. as is the the 
choice of picturist - the CPC do&s the draw- 
ing if you're playing alone. This drawing 



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stage is where Piciionary stands head and 
shoulders - possibly torso too - above other 
■game" conversions. There are rubber band 
lines to b&nd. ready- made sqfuares to stretch. 
drdes that can be squash&ct and triangles - 
all there to help you draw quickly It's even 
possible to fiU in pictures with a variety of 
backgrounds to help that unfortunate soul 
who has to liy and decipher what exactly you 
mean by two hnes and a cube (Eat yer heart 
outMondrian!). 

The word which you have t^ describe is 
determined by a set of colom-coordmated 
cards which are divided into categories: per- 
son or place, object, action, difficuIt^ and 'all^ 
play\ The computer tells you to look up ceD 
G7. say. and there's your word. Using the joy- 
stick you guide a pointer first to the type of 
tine/shape you want and then put it on the 
paper'. The fiie button starts or stops a line, 
as well as bemg used lo determine which 
function you want. Using the cursor keys is 
more accurate but takers too much time in a 
game situation. The whole package is very 
friendly, which means that you won't be limit- 
ed just to crud& cartoons and crossings out. 

You can of coujse always cheat, because 
to make maximum use of the machme, you 




have w say whether the word was oorrectly 
defined or not But even the slightest decep- 
tion destroys the whole point ol the game. 
Your aim is to have lun and maybe win in the 
process, not to achieve viciory at any costs. 

The major drawback is the dependence of 
the game on team piay for it to be fun The 
real enjoyment arises from the inteiactjon of 
comrades who completely misunderstand 
each other. Then fictionary takes on life of its 
own and becomes as much a test of friend- 
ship as of artistic skilli 

Pictionaiy ought to be hmdered by the 
complicated nature of the art package, but 
that actually maites it more fun The very fact 
that nobody can draw fast enough is a great 
leveUer. It may mean you can't play the game 
with the whole family - the Aunt Mabels of 
this world never wtU come to terms with an 
joystick-driven art package - but between 
clever computer types the pen will be as 
mighEy as any laser cannon. And you have lo 
be quicher on the draw, too. TW 



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The Verdict 



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STAYING POWER 72% 



AA RATING 



73% 



Ra^'ssrttfiipiai a earner 



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BEAT 'EM UP EVER, YES EVER ! 
ACE MAGAZINE • DECEMBER 89 




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ACTION TEST 



FANTASY 
WORLD DIZZY 



Coiierfiaiter • €2.99 easi only 
|ovfttick/k#yt 



Dizzy has managed to get himself ijiio hot 
water again. The haid- boiled advent orer is in 
a right pitkle. foi not only has h& h&^ti cap- 
lined by an evU wi^^d and sJimg id Ui$ 
can, the baddies have also peached 
his uue love Daisy iHang on. 
metMiks J detect some outm- 
geous pun-making - ed.) For 
the moment he's been left to 
stew, but soon he s going to 
be in for a real grilling. 
They re sure to malie him 
crack {enough - pi&&^&] if he 
doesn't manage to hatch a 
scheme to scramhle oui. Its no ^ t^ 
yolk, fof he risks being Ined, pow- P^ 
dered and subjeaad to vaiiou$ othei: 
un^as^oury ways of goino to that great big 
omelette In the sky. He'll just have to soldier 
(aMirrgghl) on and whisk Daisy away, curry 
her to safety, and il possible build up a big 
enoiLgh nest-egg from the wizard s treasure 
to shell out for thst little ccttage m the coon- 



SECOHD OP§Hi€m 

TTwy've dorm it agsmf just H^fl 
Edwkm Uf&isgM it was safe to shew 
her /ace in pubtic, the OSi¥er TWins 
put together Bnother stannii^ EGG- 
str^¥&g&nzB to toftare fte nBtion. 
EGGc^flmt 5ft/ff pfoufB fired too - 
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QREEN SCftEEH 

Dmy iQQksiust m good m green. 



try where the couple can hve happily ever 
after in eggstacy .. (AA is looking lot a new 
Tech Ed - apply to the usu&i address...) 

FmiAsy World Dizzy is the third in rhe 
popular senes o( cartc^on slyle arcade adven- 
mies fiom the Oliver Twins Each game. 
although having essentially the same game- 
play, has seen an improvement in the 
mechanics of the pri;>gram - Fainta^y World 
^izzy is the best yet. 

A neat menu system has t3een created, 
offering greater flexibihty when handhng 
objects. There's a lot more text in lhi5 game 
too. Each location is named, often giving vital 
dues for solving the problems encountered 
there. As well as Daisy, several other 'yolk 
folk' have been intiodyce<l into the game. 
These characters offer objects and advice to 
our hero, and inject a lot of humour into the 
game. Probably the greatest improvement to 
the game, though, is that Dizzy Three has 
three lives instead of previous one. lE's a good 
thing too, cos you're gonna need 'em! 

Dizzy starts off bemg kicked into the duor 
geon by his gaoler, a hideous wart-faced ttoU. 




The troll won't let our hero pass *- promptly 
booting him back m if he tries - but can be 
bribed to offer an important litte titbit of infor- 
mation. Once you've escaped via the back- 
door, the whole fantasy world opens up - and 
the puzzles are more devious than ever. 

Oraphically, the game offers nothing new 

over Che usual Di2zy formal The Neil 

Adamson backgrounds are drawm well 

enough, but are nevertheless a straight port 

both the Spectrum version. The game 

^^ sullers musically, too. The David 

I^^ft Whittaker tune slows down 
^JBP|^ alarmingly in piac^s, and isn't a 
B|^(%^ patch on the music in 
^ Treasure Island Dizzy 
However, once you press 
that file button (and hit th^ 
Music Off optior^K ^1 Ui?^t is 
forgotten. The gameplay 
makes up for everything, draw- 
^^ ing you into a coinplejc plot of 
^(oP*' tnagicai dragons and mysterious 
casttis. 
The Yolk Folk, too. are great caricatures 
There's Denzil the dude, Dylan the hippy. 
Grand-Diziy and the lazy egg Dozy When 
Dizzy approaches one of these characters, he 
enters into a wittily-scripted conversation. It's 
touches like iMs that legally make a game 
standout. 

Fans of the energetic egghead wont be 
disapointed with the latest Dizzy advemwe. 
The puz^es are more cunning than ever, but 
are counterbalanced hy the addition of mor-e 
lives, which encourages experimentation. 

R might be only £2.99, but dont let Uiat 
put you off. Fant^y World Dizzy is better 
than many fuil pric^ release. A must on any^ 
body's Cimstroas hst. AW 



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TTie Verdict 



GRAPHICS 



65% 



■ H^cKqioimdsa(eSp€arum conveision >» 

SONtCS ... 49% 

■ Not one ot WbittaXec's beift. 

GflAB f ACTOR 93% 

.1 .mc appeal with a well-knowti trioiiLO 

STAYING POWER B7% 

II you manage to oompime the game, try 
v^ain but collecting all the corns. 



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New York. New York. 
so good they bombed 
ii twice 1 After the 
nuk&s came the war. 
Afier the War came 
viole-nce, and lots of it f 
Downtown Manhattan 
:ias become Scumbag 
Central. Punks and 
muumts rule the rocst. while 
undergroimd a mad sden- 
tirt IB budduig a wbouc 
ampira. 

Tha mily sanctuary 
is outside the dty in 
the cxjlonies, but the 
route ihers is through 
the mad sciential 's lair. 
Firstly you have lo fight 
ycnir way to the entfance 
of the subway system that 
wtu lead you into Profe^or 
Mcjerkin's labs Then, using your impressive 
fliepower, you've the task of biasing ihiougb 
to safety. 

War ia effectively two games with two 
completely dilf erent loads, giving you the joy- 
Ftick wrenching fun of a ^ fight in stage one 
and the joyous sound of uhMmited machina 
gun fire in the second. This is all bound up in 
that usual blend of Spanish gameplay - i.e. 
it's tough I The mix is topped off with some 
truly amazing/enormous sprites and great 
effects, resulting [n a vicious gauntlet that 
only the toughest will dara to try and nin. 



SECOHD OPSNtOH 

'fntermmsbfo. ptodding orgy ot 
death, i quite Uk^fL RL 

OREEN SCREEN 

Gels even fwighcr in pat^ 



You appear on a Nuke York' dockside. In 
the distance, the rumed metropolis is stilt 
glowing unworldly colours, when teaitng 
down on you corae the Radio GladiatQrs- 
Stiipped to waist, these boys mean business^ 
but they've been playing topside far too long 
in this radioactive wasteland and are easy 
prey. One punch and they fall, allowing you to 
progress across the city. Unfortunately there 
at* other hazards, the major one being the 
radiation. You see the longer you're subjected 
too it the vveaker you get. As those opponents 
gm toughei, you became more fragile... 



m 4^ ;: 



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That's bad news when there are people 
out there who actually thrive on blood that 
glows in, the dark. TheyVe been out and 
about so long ihac they've mutated mto huge 
neanderthal thug$ vdth a bloodlust and only 
one weak spot Other nasties hide in bxiild- 
ings tossing dynamite out into the middle of 
the melee, while Manhattan Punks cruise 

around blasting with hand guns. 

The only reasonable response is 
f^ ultr$' violence, and you can really do 

1^ seiious damage with hand and foot, 
The righting sprite has twenty dif- 
ferejH moves and you'll have to call 
OR every one ai some siage. Most of 
the everyday nastjes can be sent 
packing with a side kick or straight 
punch, but Rad-Bulls {the hig mutanlsj 
* need some research to find that vulnera- 
ble spot thai defeats them. Tie this in with a 
tight time limit and the gradual weakening of 
your man and you know life ain't going to be 
easy. 

The second section [acceissed through a 
password} doesn t even let you catch youi 
breath. Having made it down into the sewers 
and subways, now you must face the robotic 
monsters called Kangaroo Fighters - well 
they did say the scientist was mad! - 'smart' 
atomic mines, and androids. You've now got a 
belt-fed machine gun at your side and unlim- 
ited ammunition, .so its time for some righ- 
teous blasting at the robots' e^^pense. 

Along the way you meet ever more dan- 
gerous and deadly robots, even Mega 
Kangaroo Destroyeis! Tecbnigues for dealing 
with these are soon learned, and the whole 
shooting match takes on a new dimension. 
There are some nasty moments when atomic 
mines sian floating down from the ceiling, 
hut this section is much more suivivable than 
the first. It sounds better, too, as grunts and 
groans are replaced by really good sounding 
(and looking) explosions. 

IVar doesn't score on subtle gameplay, but 
peddles pure, unbridled aggression in its 
place. SuTpriSingly it works, action all the 
way keeping you riveted to your joystick. 
Only frustration at apparently insurmountable 
obstades/foes prevents total addictiotL 

Wickedly good graphics, large sprites and 
fast action give War its edge: the hand-to- 
hand is intense, the firepower explosive. It 
seems that After the IVar there*s more aggio 
than ever! ^ ; TW 







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• A Manhalt^n Punk late; a pot ^hot wtiike you 
g^t ID grips with a Radio C^ladi^lor. 



FJKBT DAY TARGET SCORE 



.Lsh phase two of Level One 



ThB Verdict 

QHAPHiCS 

i-Lugt*. I as t sprites. 
Bnlltani use of colom. 

SOMtCS ... .._... 

■ Avurd^i^ fisb fight efl&as. 
KxciL^lJent explosions 



92% 



45% 



62% 



GRAB FACTOR 

Get ii\e password aiul you'vo ivto places 
to start. 

STAYING POWER 86% 

Viiif hard levels keep you m it 
■ Maybe too hard in i^ces 



44 RATING 



tsptosive. vioiom km 



81% 



JktUtSTnAD AGTiOM 67 



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Manh^rtan Punkies 



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J'\a lIhe t ^^^ '^ ^"^ ^^ b^cflm^lhe (iisl 
J Bnfm space, ns^ galling to 
thuik that ^he Freifch got there 

way bacX in 1954' It aU began 
OD :he desertid stappes af 
Sprod] in Sjldavirf. at a 
research bass so secrf i that 
oni? now has the siory of that 
hjstonc fiight bwn t^veaJed. 

Tinfin the fannxiS gallic deiecisve. wa^ 
chGSen lo I^ad the missiOEi. atad his two 
fnends Piof^ssor Calculus and Cap!ain 
Haddock went aiona lor the nde \ 

Now you've a cfance join Li ar.d li^'Li^nca 
the action First, your fLight path iak<?s^you 
through; a ji^etwnie shower. Voi;v^ got- JO 
miss the rocte but gaihei fuel from the debns 



SECOND OPIHiOH 

Thai c^ftny iaii TIdtifi must hB¥B 
tupped his fid io get mix&d up w^th 
thi&. Pfo!essor C^fcuSus should be 
Mbfe to dittewmiate better and as for 
Captain Haddock - welt, hes pi^t had 
his chips! 

And ff you thought that wa^ bad, 
wait W you play fhe game. . . W 



4 



lising v^eight]essne55 to get tliose bon±s m 
out'of-the-way places - hie ^he ceilmg^ ' 

Every: hing is activated by touch or the fire 
button Run mco Haddoch id tree him. float 
pasE a bomb to defuse le and jump on Boris 
um betimd lor a capti^re That's ail you need 
to dd - run and ctimb around the small star- 
ship, ptittmg out the fires and freeing people 
M of this, though, is a Sog^txa] nighiinaie 
just wailuig to happen. ^ 

Both ihe bomb^and the fire exunguishess 
are iandomly placed ^ihe kin few serands 

'""■ — -- - -five ni^tng around and 
: if yoa -appeal in the 



GREEN SCREEN 

You cant even say the graphics Bre 
good when they >e aft gre^n. 

t 



.awid coliMiom whidi xoh you of viltia 
inetgv Yei.% p?^r ' ' -ve you im}~^ 
MeD' .^ n rea spnm 
jeontothcnextlewl 
, M<m you've got ' 
wj]^ lind the Ec^uo^v... . . j 

i^Tior, whGie a new dangei lias mm 
^^1 Colonel Boris has slov^ed awey ^ 
-'x.^ip ^ij- t>t^ missicm at all costs, W 
JSntto - have ijt.:t^ busy flyiJig ihjou : 
void, B&rte haf bsen busy iila^infi tonrt 
SSnrtifig- fJrcs and kidnapping '"^ 

o^ew This smacks of | 
pietty b^sJ% death wJil^Mause theie^r r.;i 



e ship l^e s :ust saboi^ged' 
Once you're on boasd ^he gtaphics vciuch ^ 
foi the auth^niicitv of the Licence Tu^tm looks 
;ik^ Ti:2[if] and moves iil<e Tusfir] Even the 
^:ais L^.a! whii] round h]_^ head aiter .^ knock- 
di:iwnlookieEtJ* 

Youj task IS Simple - to lesoie voui 
fneftris. defuse the bombs 
^. _ t?xUngul?h :t\e h^m and 

capture the evil feSon 
- Bons The deteravy ]u^ 
to ch^se around tJii? lockci 
I m **iflnpt niiTiTLal .n .Tei*5 'a - 




:^ pons 

J random! 
V 



jiaced as 
T near an 



p:^ woric can 
.^ as he 
.^.v.,,.^-~.w -.^ti= you 
pto a pulp. ^ 

Your slups fuel ^ 
imues En 



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mng around So this acts as a iim^ limit wuh 
in which you must lind the bombs, stop the 
fires and keep t^s on Colonel B 

Each time you savt^ the shtp you get to Qv 

fitrther towards youi ^unai goal However, 
there ira littte^ -prDblem Thai s^vme Boris 
keeps getting out and plantmg even more 
bombs and siaiting even moie Jnes? Thrs 
liappens a patience sappmg five times before 
you get to the m.oon. OtiCe theie. after a few 
waggles and button presses the ship sertSes 
on Lhe tunai surface and the garnet over. 

The:!,^ it is. three y?^s of programmsng 
wofk. A nice llttEe game, ivith stiortg empha- 
sis on the iiujt^i There are pienty of siage-;£ lo 
ivork through but no vanety Everything's the 
sam^ }ust piogref?sr/ety a little harder and lit- 
tle krger What sians as a fun fust level is 
diagg[?d Qut to become the v/hoJe game, with 
a preny bit s^uck on at each end 

Juntjh uj] liw Woj-in Ms mlo thi? Eiami^ tn^p 
as us te-evigion counterpan - repetitiv^fness 
Remembe: how the episodes atnved every 
dav during the schocri hciidavs^ Tw^ minutes 
\:Bie taken up mth what happened yester- 
day two with titter and you had one nunute 
of story So by Sepiembe: you felt you^d seen 
the v^/tipie thing twe;ve tinit^s' 

Infogrames has foilou^ert 
*thr licence so iv^U that n's . 
noi bioken this mould i 
and a has served op a 5 
gam^ with bnUiant ans 
matioit bur no plot i 

Thundeim" typhoons. * 
what a wast t^' TVt 



FJJIST DAY TAKCET SCORE 



Finish the game< 



ThG Verdict 

QHAPHIC3 8S% 

. Captures tbe Trntin theme perfectly. 
Cartoon-qtialiiy gia(>hKS. 

S O N f C S .41% 

Authentic utle tune. 
■ Below-pai e^eos 





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GII4 6 FAcroA . „...a2% 

JusilUwTV . 

■ ...if that's any reoommeiidAtiDn; 

STAYING POWER Zi% 

~. Fiv^ m$in levels... 

■ that aie virtually identicil. 



A HATING 



Visually spectacular. 

Too rOfM!*titive to toiler with. 



44% 



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HEROES OF THE LANCE 
COME FORWARD... 
THE EVIL QUEEN OF 
DARKNESS GROWS IN 
STRENGTH. 

Takhimy Qtum of Darknets, and Im 
Draccni&n korde^ hm?t <werrw much 
i}u hmtuknd ofKiytm, nmthi thm 
armUt of Quatinosl, t^wtr in thnr 
unsian^e lo this ivil power^ itruggU o 
liu £dge ofdifiat . li is only tht reiMming 
Campanwm of the Lmce ihal can hat 
ikis wav£ of ^ranior bifoft Krynn is 
conmm^d by etfil. Fmd from caprivt^ 
by an elven assault coli^nnt tk^ 
Companiom under the guiding dim:w 
ofihe Cimc Goldmom and bolstered by 
iheir $uiC4Si af ncmififig iki mystical 
Disks ofMistuikal, can mtceagmn restoi 
a belief in the gods and unify ike 
inkabitanis of Kr^mn ag&mti ihe powe 
ofTakhisis. 

The Companusm mun iww miftfy 
Uimigh {his tJMrwm kmd, c&uiiMS of 
strangers bui seeking compatriois and em 
aiers to du rapid advance of the 
Dracmi^ foKes. The amrageo^ elve 
will finally fall, b^a there is one last 
cfwtce to free the loyal slams held in Pas 
Tharkai and join tog£t}^r to recover rf 
hng-hsist^OFd Wrymslayer in wimt com 
be the tnutl raitying pmsti in Tekindlirn 
remtance to ihe pkgu* of darkness } 
stJ^eeping &ver Krym. \ 




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ACTION TEST 



LOST CAVES 



PlByers • C2.M h»« 

Joystick/keys 



Would you like to be m ejsplorer? Risk lile and 
hmb for (a me and fortune? So play Lost Crv^s, 
s game that combit\es &l&ments of Skweek and 
Rick Dangerous - and givGs you the chance of 
becoming raEh&r we^ilthy into the bargain... 

Your explorer gets around by digging his 
vt^ay [hrough mud. and |oll^ fa^t al il he 1$ tOO! 
BuE taiD must be taken, as suspended m llw 
mud are huge boulders that have a lendency to 
crush hasty explorers flat Many of the rocks 
aie posiUoJied afound tlie dismonds you've 
oome Lo ooUect, so excavate aiound them and 
get them to fall out of youi way Of cour^, if a 
diamond falls on you that loo h [at^l 

There are no points in this mase adveii- 
ture. just fantastic weaJlh - and every diamond 
has to be found before you can progress to the 
next leve!. For that reason you must avoid trap- 
ping the jevvels behind the boulders" Of 
course, these inanimate objects are the least ol 
your worries, as also hiding in the caves are a 
bunch of kamikaze joggers - httle guys in 
while headbands who mm around aimlessly 
until they spot you All you can do is pushing 
rocks onto them - ideally from a great height. 

Thrown in to make life ev^&n more inieresi^ 
ing - if shorter - are lava flows, bombs, one^ 
way doorSn fake walls and all the other everv- 
day tricks, iraps and trials one associates with 



ancient temples The fun emanates froTti the 
mad charge through a sea of mud never know- 
ing what you II find until youve found it! 

Lost Caves is no beauty to look at. Its use 
of colour IS limited in ihe extreme Sprites are 




■j mm 



mm 




• Risk 3 len-ton bomb iQr a ttn-ton sparhlerl 



SECOND OPINION 

'lost Caves h quite simpty the best 
game I've ever prog^.. er, phyed Do 
m^, er, yoiirsett s favour, go out &nd 
boy it today Go on, boost my b&nk bat, 
er no, boost your coitection with this 
classic gem. which at th^ ridicufousfy 
cheap price of anSy £2.99 you cant 
afford to be without AW 

GftEeMSCREMN 

Pertect 



unsophisticated but humourous. 

As a maze game, its spioed up with a lifr 
era] dash of wngue in cheek fun - cartoon 
explosjons from huge joke bombs and a truly 
weird theme tune - and given pace by tlie 
falling boulders and joggers, 16 levels ol con- 
trolled panic are ihe result, and that's a soui^d 
foundation for any game to buiJd on. TW 

■1 



EUBT <a«y 'Baacffiir flotasRE 



R(?ach Level Four 



The Verdict 




GRAPHtCS 


.56% 


■ L smiled bui jolly. 


SONtCS 


,64% 


Stiang€ music, 




GRAB FACTOR 


.76% 


Attiaaive lo gaunespiayers of ail 


ages. 


STAYING POWER 


79% 


Some very lucky puzales to solve 
■ FossiJoiy 100 uicky. 





AA RATIHG 



A possible D?;^>:v Jjashei. 



710/i 



AUSTRALIAN 

RULES 

FOOTBALL 



AgAin Again • £9.99 cass, £14.99 diak 
joystickikeys 



Australia, a land where ttt^U are men and 
sport is war. Where they only play the rough- 
est, toughem games and even Rugby's con 
sidered a game for Sheilas. Indeed, they've 
invented a more violent version called 
Australian Rules Fooiball 

Played with a rugby ball on a Crk*ei 
pitch, 11 involves a lot of Tuitning about and 
hilling people on the pretence of sconng 
pamLs. The aim's to kick or punch the ball (or 
an opponent) between Lhe goalposts. 

Aussi& Rules the computer game fo!low*i 
these pnnciples to produce Lh^ world's first 
ever sini' of the sport. Seen from above, at 
first it look5 like 'ordinary fooibaU. As usual 
the player with the ball is highlighted and 
equipped with a kjck'o' meter. 

The most annoymg thing about the whole 
exercise is the colour of tlie ball, which hap- 
pens to be the same as your players. So 
telling whos actually got it can be difficull. 
Especially annoying as the pitch is moved m 
flick-screen sections, with an arrow indicating 
the direction of the ball. 

Commentary i^ provided by a Ritchie 
Benaud lookalike, the whole game being pre- 



sented as a TV report. There are two leagues 
to play in - 'Outback' for beginners and 
'Vicioria Football League' for tbose profes^ 
sionals amongst us. 

Despite the camouflaged ball Aus5je 
Ru!es 3S great fun to pSay once you get to 




# You^fii ceir^tro^ling the wnile thugs milling 
aroiind Ihe sqreen - as oppoSAd 10 the grey Ihygs 
milling etc... 



SECOND OPINION 

Good /oofriVigt ivftft nice iouch^^ HkG 
the frantic pop-up TV commentator 
and whistle- Tiny pitch though, and 
occasion&fly indecisive controL RL 

OREEN SCREEN 

Ripp&r! 



grips vvith the way the game works. The 
smaU pitch injects frantic overtones, v^hUe the 
novelty element is refreshing and lasting. 

Not a mould-breaking sports sim by any 
stretch of the imagination, ALfS^ie fluies nev- 
ertheless make$ a great change from tradi- 
iionally deadly serious and overly complex 
soccer games. TW 



n»sf OAT JAmej ectm^ 



Win a match 



TlFte Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


64% 


Everything's dear... 
■ excepiihebaU! 


SON res 


.40% 


■ JusL 3 lew whistles and loars. 




GRAB FACTOR 


.72% 


Asuortg novelty licence. 




SfAYIHGPOWEH 


65% 


:'". Twoleagues- 




AA RATING 


69% 


Interesting and ei^joyabte spoits sim. 



JkMSTftAO AGTiaH T1 



ACTION TEST 



WIZARD WILLY 



joyMlckAeys 



Willy is a Wizaid with a mission. Me has beta 
giv€n the ujieavlabiD tash ol rescufng Fill the 
(airy, who's bsea taken hostage by the evil 
Emperor. 

Ii goes wiihout saying chat the Emperor 
hasn'E made it easy foi Willy. Indeecl, he's 
sent forth Ms evil nunians to do theii dirty 
work and halt Willy in his magical littte foot- 
steps Willy starts off armed only with the 
[list level magic speU Unimpr^sive 
Thunderbolt", but c^n oocasionaUy coUea the 
odd magic nine or two, enaljlmg hun to 
weave a more powerful speU The other col 
leciables are ten magic eyes sirev/n about 
each level. For reasons twsi hnown to himself, 
Willy must collect all ten of these arcane arti- 
facts before facing the final test of has will - 
the end-of'level gaurdian, 
' Wizard WiUy is a side-on viev^ platform 
game which uses an impressive paralla^f 
saollmg technique The backgrounds are 
very pretty hut have no interaction with the 
game itself. The obstacles and platforms am 
on a different plane in the foiegiound. The 
sprites reside beEween the two - in front of 
the background and behind the foreground 
(wme again? - ed). WiUy waddles along, leap- 
ing from platform to platform, and these can 



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be chmbed up from behind, which unforii- 
nately obscures your littJe hero from view. As 
weU as dodging the nasties. Willy must also 

avoid the explosive traps scattered around 
the place. 



lax scrolling looks really stunning, providing a 
uniqueness ihat gives it the edge over other 
platform games. AW 



mm PAY TACicer score 



Reach I tit; SLXX>[ici gudEdian 



SECOND OPiNtON 

A Graphic great from CodetnastBrs. 
GrMt sran tor a new tabef. TYf 

6R£EH SCREEH 

Magic! 



The game is vLriaaUy si]ent. A distinctly 
New Orcfe/ish soundtiach plays on the title 
page, but dunng the game itself there^s noth- 
ing but a couple of spot effects. The ommision 
of m-game sound is annoying, as there's noth 
ing to tell you when youi energy is being 
drained [which is often), 

Ciaphics are where the game really 
scores, The sprites are exceedingSy well- 
diawn, and the backiounds are aimosphenc 
and l3t m very well with the game. The paiaJ^ 



T?ie VBtdict 




GRAPHICS 


93% 


Very pretty mdeed 




SONfCS .„ 


...51% 


New Order style soundtrack. 
■ FX are noUimg Lo sing about. 


GR4B FACTOR 


.75% 


The parallax puJls you in. 




STAYING POWER 62% 


Dif ftcmlt but not impossible. 
■ HoiaMofvanety. 




A A RATTHG 77% 


Promising launch title. 
■ All things considered, it's Just another 
platform g^me. 



THE OFFICIAL 

FATHER 

CHRISTMAS 



Alternative • £2.99 cass only 
joystick/keys 



You'd better waioii out. youd better bewaie. 
*cos Santa Clau^ is comin' to town! Tlie 
Official Father CMstmas is Alternative's do- 
goody Xtnas release, all profits relating to the 
sale of the game being handed over to the Save 
The Children Chanty. 

The game sees the fat bearded one attempt 
to deliver Cluistmas pesents to the children of 
the World. 

First of an he has to assemble his sledge 
from the the MFl seU assembly sleigh kit, 
though. Those mischievous little elves 
bave hidden the pait^ all around his grotto and 
Santa has to run around tryihg to retneve them 
before setting out on hi^ rounds. 

Father X then has to coUea all those 
pressies, ready to deliver them to 
aD the ungrateful little brats that inhabit the 
globe. Once auboume, there's a busy night 
ahead, as our plump pal must drop all those 
parcels down chimneys in four continents 
before retiring for another year 

There's not an awful lot to be said 
about the game itself. It's very simplistic, the 
brsi section only having sue locations, and 
it's only a matter of time before you get all the 
bits you need. 



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brating the festivities. 

You'll also be giving a little something to 
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Complete the game - first attempt! 



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This goes for the whole game, in fact - 
you re bound to complete at! the tasks because 
it's so easy - and the tftne limit is nothing if not 
generous. The game is really designed for the 
younger kaddie - anyone over the age of eight 
won't find it much of a challenge 

The Otha&i Father Chnsim^s isn't gomg to 
wm any awards for progiamnung innovation. 
Buy it instead as a Chnmbo pressie for your lit- 
tle bioiher or sister. It'll keep them quiet whilst 
you get on with The serious business of ceie- 



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SECOND OPINION 

A rfovefty game, for 3 worthy caase, 

QREEH SCREEN 

Santa can be seen in green. 



The Verdict 

GRAPHICS ..50% 

LJ Sprites are OK m the first level... 

■ . . .but deteriate rapidly from then on 

SONICS 50% 

A resonabte rendiuon of Xmas jingtes. 

■ ^Jot i blip in the game. 



GRAB FACTOR 

laterestino theme,.. 
■ ...For the first go. 



65% 



STAYING POWER B3% 

Three differenc sections. 
■ Very easy lo (inish, even for a youngster 



AA RATING 



60% 



All in a good cause. 
I You'll need to be young to enjoy this one 



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Arcade Ciiy? Thr€e of the greatest arcades 
ever bmlt - AlieTburner, Wee Le Mans and 
Double Dragon - have joined forces with the 
System 3 original Last Ninja H ami explode 
onto your scteeti. Tcjgether ihey bnng shoot- 
em-yps. btat-em-ups, arcade adveniure and 
high speed racing - aU e person could ask tot 
in fact to cme those pcjst pud blues. 

The star of the show is Aiieibumer. nO[ a 
flvaphic delight but a real sEJck-waggkng. trig- 
gei- wrenching game of shoot the Rushtes. 
You fly ^ Slate of-ihe an US fighter plane on a 
mission over various terrains, blowing things 
away with guns and rnissiles. WEC is no 
slouch either, this tmie putting you behind 



« WEC U Mam tuck tor anoirwf lap in I A^ 
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the controls of a sports car in the famous 
French endurance race, it's very fast and 
exceptLonally pretty. 

AA never levievyed Last Ninja U but it 

reoetved masstve public acclaim and sold m 
its thousands. A black and white arcade 
adventure, you coniiol this last nutter as he 
Scrolls around beating folks up and colJectsng 
apparently useful ohjecrts. Doubh DiBgoi} at 
last maices it onto the CPC and you'll soon see 
why we had to wait. The graphics are excel 
lent but the game moves with aU the pace of 
an aithiitic slug. A decent filler but liLtle else. 
ajid not a patch on its arcade parent 



A great compilation that brings you a new 
game ^nd three established hits, there's 
enough variety here to keep any gamesplayer 
quite for weehs. 

Unfortunately. Ocean spoils its compila- 
tion record once agaui by only releasing the 
packtage on tape, which will no doubt deter 
many disk -based customers TW 



TTia Verdict 

Afterburner AAil ai% 

Last Ninp li - Not Reviewed 

Double Dragon - Not Reviewed 
WECLeMan^ AA42 82% 



4 4 RATING 80% 



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Efiyx * £14.90 e«»*i £19.99 illfli 
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Epyx is the sppns sims 
specialist which has 
brought us The Games in 
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Summer, Winter, Early 
Akernaon m March etc. 
"jj^'^^^^lflf'^^^l^^ Here it unites two such 
myltieveni games, California and Winter to 
let you try your hand at everything from roller 
skating to slatom skiing. 

Bundled in for good measuie ai^ 4x4 Off 
Rc^d Bacmg which putpoiis to lake you driv 
ing across some of the most hostile terrain on 
earth, and Street Spons Basketbei}}. Raan^^ 
competent but not exciting, while BasifeLhaJf is 




graphically limited but surprisingly good fun to 
play. Out of place with all these athletic and 
sporty games ^its Impossibh Missi<m U. A 

corking game, U help? the compilation along 

with a bit of vanety but somewhat de^tro^^ 
the sports theme. 



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The amount of different garner within 
games here is staggering, but can your loysticlc 
handle all that waggling neoessary m so many 
games events'? A good package, it still lacks 
that single star utle to give the whole group 
purpose. fW 




TTte Verdict 



Impossible Mission 

4x4 oil Road Racing 

Street Sports Basketball 

California Games 

The Game$ - Winter Editkm 



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AA36 44% 

AA2% 59% 



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• Skating an lliir icfi (DK. larmfte) En Epyx Action^ 



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Tiiunderbiade's the big name leader of the 
pack - it was last years chart challenger from 

the Bruniniie boys and girb, and straps you 
into the cockpu of a h^oopter gunship that 
fHes through dtjes and ovei battle stations 
raining high-esrplosivo death. 




and judgemctit not firepower A dassieally 
frustraUng game. 

LED Storm is better left unmentioned. 
other than the fact that it's a car game of 
dubious repute. It's Ch^ only real dog of the 
bunch, though, and cannot drag down a solid 
and varied compiEatlon of arcade [styls] 
games that rely on quick reactions and little 
brain work . G reat blastiiiig fun TW 




tndiana Jones andl the Temple ot Doom's a 
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way across various landscapes rescuing chil- 
dren, finding artifacts and trying to stay alive. 

Blastewids is a very aeditable attempt to 
revive the long-forgotten Asteroids genre. A 
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ever trusty laser cannon. It's limited but fun. 

linpossibJ^ Mission is in a league of its 
own as a game of running and jumping detec- 
tive tun. Trying to defeat th^ improbably- 
named Elvm Aiombender. you have to neu- 
tralise five tower stronghoids relying on luck 



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Thunderblade 

LED Storm - Not reviewed 

Last Cmsade 

Blasteroids 

Impossible Mission n 


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AA27 72% 
AA44 6a% 
>U33 85% 


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Forget football cancel the cnck- 
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mg exatmeni ihai you're after 
and floating though Uie lapKis 
m an old lorry inner tube 
appeals to youi sense of adven- 
ture, then roll-up and iske your 
place in Toobin\ the wackiest 
^vent ever. 

This outrageous sport 
stars Biff and Jet. two craiy lube dudes look- 
ing to liave ihe time of Uieu lives as they 
shoot down the nvers of the world sittmg in 
infiaied iimer tubes. They're carried by the 
current, with hitle control over then destiny 
except frantiC bach -paddling to ke^p ihem 
Iroin danger And danger 
abounds. Tliere are dead 
branches sticking out through 
the water, floating logs, fish- 
ermen, kamikaze penguins, 
eshima$ and gladeis, to name 
but a few. Qui two heros have 
an. arsenal of tin cans for 
defence. The litter louts throw 
the cans, dating the baddies 
on the bank, sinking the 
sticks, and generally blasting 
anything likely to puncture 
their inner tubes. 

Toobfn' loads to a great 
jazzy soundtrack, which, for a 
(Siange. you don't want to 
turn off after two rmnutes. 
One or two players can play at 
the same time, taking control 
of either Biff or Jet as tliey 
bob merrily along in Uieu 
tvbes The danng duo can 
paddle in combinations of for- 
ward-left, forward-right, backwards -lefi and 
backwards nght, providing exnting possi 
biliiXes for darmg water stunts. Graceful arce 





• Mucking about on the water 




The Uerdlet 



GRAPHICS 

■ Speccypon 

SOMICS 

Great jazz uacks. 

GRAB FACTOR 

Bnlliane fun. 

■ Hard CO control at fiirat. 



47% 



.92% 



80% 



STAYING POWER 71% 

Even when you've finisli- nil fun. 



• Lwk out for Ihw lions. 



can be pertormed with skillfuj paddling, as 
weU as rather spectacular crashes mto objects 
on the other side of the screen This is one of 
those games where it is far easier to control 
from keyboard than joystick - and in two- 
piayer mode, both players can be acooinodat- 
ed on the keyboard. 

The nver is seeminglv endless and the 
landscapes are many and 
varied It passes through 
swamps. jungles, icy 
wastes and sewers (yuk'). 
If you dawdle ffJr too long 
then a nasty crocodile pur- 
sues you to keep vour 
speed up. 

The tin cans bob up and 
down m the water and can 
be picked up easily by float- 
ing into Ibem The occa- 
sional six-pack is also avail- 
able, but tends to be more 
difficult to reach. Sticky 
planters can be collected, 
givmg you an extra life, and 
bonus points are obtained 
by zooming though the 
marked banners. 

Branches are the most 
common hazard, and can be 
dislodged with a well- 
aimed can. They often hide 
a special bonus, including special letters that 
bump up your score. 

The gaine features a credit system, so that 
you can restart from your last position when 
all your bves are used up This makes the 
game a tad too easy to complete, though, aiKl 



after a few hours of intensive play you'D find 
yourself crossing the fiiush line. 

All the sprites are monochrome, being 
ported direcUy from the Spectrum. Everythmg 
on the nverbank as the same colour and the 
missile (uing bozos on the nverbank are par- 
ticulary difficult to spot until it s too late. 

h s the erratic style of control that really 
makes this game. Two people playing simul- 
taneously increases the action no end, and 
competing for the tin cans and bonuses 
makes foi edge-ol-ihe, er. tube stuff. 



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Although it's possible to reach the (iniah 
line without too much difficulty, it Still 
rertiajns a yery enjoyable game. Toobin' 
retains one vital ingredient that seems to be 
missing from so many other games - sheer 
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Welcome fellow adventureisf 
Lowei that sword, untie that hob- 
bit you weie saving for lunch and 
sit down on the giassy bank to 
get stuck into the following epis- 
tle from the apostle of Adventure! 
If you want to know how a ghost 
feels at his ^neral, how Frodo 
uses his Ring and how the Baids 
tell Tales, then read on... 

Scapeghost 

£14.95 cassette, £19.95 disk (disk ver- 
sion has graphics and needs 128K) t 
Level 9 Computing • PO Box 39, 
Weston-super-Mare 6S24 9UR 



At lastl Scspeghosi has. aft^i much delay. 
Eiii^y matenaUzed oul of ih^ netheruvorld to 
the Amstiad, a sad inhuie to Level 9. as it will 
be the team s last gajiie for llie CPC Widl it be 
iheii best yet or worst i wondered as I tore 
opeothE packagmg.-. 

On opening itie case t wasn't even sure 1 
had received a Level 9 game at all - no mas- 
sive novella, excessive instructions or long st<i- 
rylineSr just the disk, and a poster with the 
mstruetiofis on the reverse side, h strajige step 
for L9, which usually goes overboard. In fact^ I 
prefer this approach, although a novella may 



LEVEL 9 COMPETITION 

Do yqy w^nt lo win a copy ot Level 9^s 
ScapeghosU or any other of tNir fantasUc 
games? Yes? Then simpty answer Itie fsHowIng 
qyestlDTis sel by Mr Level 9 himself, Pele Austin. 
Take it away Pete... 

1] What is Hie surname d the star ol Gnom^ 
flfl^gef and ingrid's B&ck7 
2] What was Level 9 s first science fiction game? 
3] Name the Lev&l 9 game Ihal has recently 
|}p«ned as a film. 

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Uvf 1 9 game of their ctiolc-& and \ht len rynners 
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Jahuary Sthj990. 



set the scene for a game it is so annoying hav- 
ing to lead, say. the Gnome Bangei booklet, 
before you can really start playing I (Although I 
must admit the Balg did enjoy leading it.) 
Suffice to say, the instrkictions provided am 
adequate, although firsitime adventurers 
coaJd te weil advised to play Gnome flange/. 
Ingiid or L^c&M firs[, as they have copious 
instructions. 

The plot IS original and clever You play the 
part of a deteaive, Alan Chance on an under- 
cover misaion to infiitiate a drugs gang AD 
was going fine until someone or something 
alerted the gangsters and they killed you and 
escaped, taking your colleagae Sarah as a 
hostage. Your feUow pohce falsely blame you 
for mistakenly tipping oft the criminals - as 
you soon find out at your own funeral 

You have three nights as a ghost to dis- 
prove this false accusation, clear youi name 
and gain revenge. You must use your detective 
powers and growing spirit powers to delay the 
gangsters, track down their new hideout and 
bring ihem lo justice. 

The game es in three parts, each taMag 
place on a different night. Part. One smarts at 
your own funeral and has yon coming to term^ 
with your ghostly powers and improving them 
while making friends with the lesidents of the 
graveyard. It lakes quite a while to become 
accustomed to being a ghost - at the sian you 
can't pick up any objects! The graveyard is 
populated with many ghosts, including one 
called Joe (the dead barman from the Pig and 
Whistle) who soon befriends you and gives you 
a guided tour of the place. You must recruit all 
the ghosts you meet, and with their help delay 
the gang. 

Tills section reminded me very much of 
Ingrids B^ck in thai you must perform services 
for other ghosis before they wili do what you 
want. 

The interaciion between the ghosts and 
yourself is very good and they seem almost 
human... {?) 

Part Two starts you by your grave again. 
Afl^r delaying the gang in Part One you must 
go to the gang^s old hideout and search the 
place for clues to where they have moved on 
to. You must then alert the police as to where 
the new hideout is. There are some very good 
puzzles in this section, including getting a 
piece of paper out from inside a chimney. . . 

The final part has you finding the gang. 
You must free Sarah and then delay the gang 
enough so that tile police can arrive m time. 

The game is well written, and although its 
subiect sounds gloomy and depressing, much 
of the scarier aspects are dispelled by some 
awful jokes. The pu22le associated with Edith 
is really corny but so obvious! It involves rip- 
ping up a copy of Time magazine to prove that 




\ MQfbid gomgs^n m <h& graveyard. 




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# Ypu discavar a lorry... 

She has seen the end ol time' The atmosphere 
is still excellently maintained though, through 
references to puzdes and your previous Me. 

The game uses the same system as 
ingiid's Back, i.e, a powerful parser supporting 
OOPS. GO TO etc and graphics on disk ver- 
sions. The graphics are definitely Level 9 s best 
yet and deserve an award! The devious and 
original plot was wriuen by Sandra Sharkey 
[anthor of C^se ol the Mixed Up Shymei) and 
adventure columnist Pete Gerrard, 

[n conclusion, Scapeghost is original, has a 
great parser, atmospheric teict, beautiful graph- 
ics and some wicked puzzles... WeU worth 
buymg. though it is a great shame that this 
Level 9's last game. An appropriate farewell to 
one of the best adventure houses ever. 



Atmosphere 90% 

interaction 92% 

Challenge 80% 

AA Rating 90% 



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£12.99 cassette £17.99 disc Beau Jolly 
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Adventuie compilatiaiis are rare things ~ espe- 
dally good ones - ^ lUs good no see thai Beau 
JoUy IS re- releasing The HobbiL Lord of &e 
Rings and Shadows ofMoidor in one pack. 

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Middle Eaith. imcaonaiised by JHR Tolkien in 
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TOLKIEN TRILOGV 
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Want Id win ■ copy o1 TTis Totkkn Trihgyior 
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one of the first with graphics and mteiacttve 
characters who acted intelligently (most of the 
time); Lord of the ^gs for the sheer size and 
comple^dty attempted for a tape based game 
(and of coufse for its bugs) and Shadows of 
MordoT because, again, of it s size and a>m~ 
plesdty (and fewer bugs I) 

Alt the games are now cpiie old (over two 
years) but the magic is still there, especially for 
readers of Tolkien. (If you haven't escaped 
toio;) the Qoblin's dungeon you haven't LvadI) 
Th€ Hobbit is liimied by today's ^andaxds but 
The Lord of th^ Rings and Shadows of Mordor 
bara some impressive features even now, sudi 
as oompl&K character interaction. laige vocabu- 
larVp independent characters, and complex 
parsiBg together with over 200 locations in 
each. They also feature tha ability to 'become' 
different characters (such as Frodo and Sajn) to 
complete the game. 

Because of these advanced features, laid 
of the Kings es^pecially is v e r y slow... 
Picking up an object can take ten seconds and 
moving locations twentyl Thus great patience 
is ne^ed to complete the game. Another fea- 
ture of LotB {mi also Habb^i and Sb&d0w& of 
Mordor to a lesser extent) is the bugs in the 
games. In fact bug hunting in LotR became for 
some, a hobby - the game has so many! 

hi conclusion, there's no doubt that LotR is 
seriously bugged in places, but all three games 



• First out of the Balrog's postbag this 
month was a letter from a Red Dragon! 
(Strange oames p^ple call ih^mseive? 
nowadays - why can't they call themselvag 
something sensibla like the B^og?) Red 
Dragon has written in wmtmg to join te 
Bsid's TMb dub and pratses the idea - 'if 
enough attention vvas drawn to the populan- 
ty of the game on the CPC then Electronic 
Arts might just reronsider and release parts 
U and UT of the best computer game in the 8- 
bit universe.' He goes on to say that he is a 
bit of a machine code programmer and is 
very interested in writing a Sard's Tale type 
game for the^ 6129. "Is there anyone who 
would be interested m writing it vrith me or 
has a suggestion to offer? tf there is, could 
they please write to me - this is a serious 
project as I am a keen prognmrnei end Eole- 
player and I believe that a disk-based pro- 
gram with the 128K memory could produce a 
truly epic fantasy game. " Well, anyone inter- 
ested, please vmte to Bed Dragon do the 
Bahog 

I would look at the various alternatives 
though " Swoids & Soicerjr, Ring of 
DArkness and MandiBgore - perhaps even 
games on other machines such as Ultima and 
Dungeon Master. Don't stick too dosely to 
the Sard's TaJe theme, otherwise you might 
have Electronic Arts after you! 

• SiimoQ Fmchei al^ wrote to iom the 
Bard's Tale cEub - ^my only regiet was buy- 
ing the tape version; the levels take ages to 
load and having to go through many fust to 
raach Mangai's Tower is a real yawn. 
Prospective buyers bewarel A disk version is 
worth every penny " He goes on to say that 
EA should be congratulated for releasing the 
game on the CPC and then "painfully slam 
by Nazguls for not releasmg the others m the 
series." I quite agree, Simon. Perhaps EA 
might release parts IT and HI if they thought 
ihey would profit by thenii so fellow Balgs 
protest to EA at 11^9 Station Road, Langley. 
BerksbiTe SL3 8YN saying the Bakog sent 
youf 

If enough people write, as was shown 
with the return of the adventure o^lumn in 
AA, then inaybe the games vrill be released. 

Simon $nd$ on a sour note "Why dg 
adventure coluiCLn writers chooae such silly 
pseudonyms? Do they fear bemg attacked in 
the sueet by annoyed adventure program- 
mers?" The fialfog! SiUy! How dare you 



are challenging and the Baltog enjoyed them 
vary much (especially because he makes a star 
appearance in the Lord of ihe Rings). 

If you haven t got them, and Scapeghost 
doesn't appeal to you, don't think twice - buy 
^eml 

• You cw]i read the full reviews of Lord at 
the Rings end 5badow:s of Mordor in AA6 and 
A421 respecUvely. 



Simon! Prepare to be Bairoged. As to a 
Balrog being afraid of being attacked - 
never! Any programmers come near me and 
they wiU be eaten before they can shout 
"Play Flute \ 

• The BaJjog r^eived a letter from Stuart 
Wrtiyte, A^'s Adventurer of the year, enquir- 
ing about his prize and asking about the 
Pilgrim, Steve Carey and Pat McDonaM ^^It 
seems mysterious that these people have all 
left AA at more or less the same time - in 
fact, the time when you amvad - have you 
eaten them or something?" Reports of the 
Balrog eating these people ate of course 
wrong, whatever the police say (quick, quick, 
get Steve's arm out of my freezer...], and 
anyone else who suggests this will also be 
eate... oops, dealt with! Just because the 
Pilg and the editorial staff forgot to feed the 
Pilg's pet Balrog during his abeence, it can't 
be my fault if I became a bit hungry Suffice 
to say Rod is now at this moment throwing 
adventure games at me to satisfy my 
appetite I 

• Last and by no means least, the Balg 
received a letter from Mandy Rodrigues, the 
editor of Adventure Probe magazine and a 
keen CPC adventurer "How nice to see you 
in AA. Having read the veiled references to 
you m past issues it is gcx>d to see you oom- 
ii>g to the fore, so to speak. 1 suggest that 
you place an immediate ban on anyone 
entering the vicinity waving crystal wan(ta m 
blowing fiute, boms and the Uko in the mtei^ 
ests of safely to your person. Bob Adams is 
really a smashing chap and [ am sure he 
didn't mean to call you a Skrimball. Anyway 
could you ^ase draw the attention of your 
readers to the best adventure magaime 
around? It has been rafened to as the 
Granddaddy of all adventure magazines as it 
has been around for so long (first issue was 
June 19B6] but I prefer to call it the 
Grandmama as we have never had a male 
edjtor. Youi readers should feel at home 
reading Probe as Joan Pancott {Hi Josnl) con- 
tributes regularly " 

A shameless plug by Mandy! But Probe 
really is that good. If you're interested in 
Probe vtfrite to Mandy at 67 Lloyd Street, 
Uandudno. Gv^yaedd. LL30 2BN (0492 
77305)-, Probe is £150 pei month and is 
packed full articles, reviews etc. Meanwhile, 
look out (or the (orthcoming club round up. 



Atmosphere 87% 



interaction .. 



.„. 84% 



Challenge 80% 

AA Rating 85% 



Clue Sniffing 
with the Balrog 

Some hot clues this month from 
Trevor FuUoret Antausher (!), 
Ludwig the Egg and Jerome 
Young. Don't forget that if you're 
well and truly stuck in a game, 
and the clue you need isn't here 
or in a previous issue of the mag- 
azine, then check out the Lords & 
Ladies ot Adventure - there may 
well be someone there who can 
help... 

Kobya^tii Nam 

Tievor Fullore has come to Lhe aid Of Mr. 
Unrecognizable Signatuie's plea iOJ help in 
AA50, 

• Porthole 1. Knowledge: Get scimiiax, S, 
examine tree, throw scimitax at stems, get 
pod, N, activate pod, ttitow pod in gaping 
maw. 

■ Porthole 2, Wisdom: Activate Solance. pull 
scAsBX^. At the tunnel don't go down more - 
just e!(amine tunne! and dimb diff 

■ Porthole 3, Understanding: Activate maga- 
unlt, get tasalite. go to pit, jump pit, E. E, drop 
magnet, get wheel, get magnet, lasalite, W and 
throw wheel in pit Now jump hoverdroid, 



IS THIS A BLUNDER I SEE BEFORE ME? 

II most certainly i*. or wab, anyway. The ejflreme- 

ly worth Avon. Irom Topologik^s, I tat month got 
credited wilh i in^a^ly S7%. TMs was not only a 
gross oatumny, it w^satyp^mpNc^i blunder 
whicii hais led to tte tndeBnite frnprisonment o1 
the suhnedil or responsible. 4 ifon actually scored 
a lar more rssp^ctabi e 87^^ and gets a definite 
thuflrtmyl 




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Even the Balrog himself ^aa amazed ai the 
response 1o the 03/ds Tafectyb. But please- 
no cheats! Anyone can compleie the game *ith 
a poke but il takes a tnje adveniurer to aucoe«d 
abne. 

Michola s Butcher tias BT on disc and has 
characters with 'roughly 13.000.000 experience 
points each; uncountable amounts of gold: and 
many varied and wonderful ob|etls. After defeat 
jng Mangar I now Nave him in the special slof 
of my party. ' Nick has mapped all the levels and 
knows nearly aff the answers to the riddles. His 
address is 116 Upper Hale fio€d^ Farnham^ 
Surrey GII90J4H 

'I have a 17th Level |>arty mi am willing to 
lend aid tool hers..." 

The Red Dragon. Rockmill H^u^e, Painswick 
fload, Pitch combe, QlosGL66LH. 

1 have 2662774 pieces of gold, level 25 
characters with about 2.600,000 experience 
poinlseach '. Simon Fincheralso has m^ps to 
all the levels except Mangar's tower. He is at 7 
FiirtJcId Road. Evesham, Wofcs. WR11 &HB. 



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Pick up tne thistledowB liist. then build up Uie 
weights! 

Guild of Thieves 

■ Help Old man to get into castle. 

■ Shout to MiU&i "Please stop Van6S" to get 
into Mill. 

i Shake paJM tre^ 

• To deal with Macaw, break coconut with 

spade iMn feed Macaw. 

■ The beehive is a red herring, 

Worm in Paradise 

After geiung the managing iob. buy a ticket 
from Lhe Uavel agent for ihe iiverboat. 

HtLPt 

■ Lorry vvants some heip in Lmking Honor. 



JUST FOR LAUGHS 

Aren't games on the Amstrad tunny? The reason 
Jm asking is that lhe response tof this section is 
decidedly poor - so i1 you J^now o1 any lunny 
responses wriie in r>ow or feel the wralh o1 Hit 
Balrog s whip and sword! Thanks this monih go 
to Adrian Forbes and Sluait Whyle..- 

Jfnxtcf 

Urinale when on bus! 

The Hitchihers Guide to the Oalaxy 
* SMILE and PANIC. 

ESCAPE when in poeiry chair. 

Try lying down in IronI of buHdozer and then 
standing up again. 
- Try calling h oni« or the police a n I he phone. 



How can he get the hand wiihout the creature 
eating it and hov^ can he g&t by the briok wall? 

■ Steve Elh^ Is stuck in RedmoKjn. What are 
the spells chasm, obis and obuUian for? 

■ John Gibbins has collected all the trea- 
sures in Guild ol Thieves and put them in the 
bank - how can he (iJiish the game from here? 

■ Paul Day kin is siuck in CorwpUon - ^'How 
do yoQ get in the casino? Can you drive youT 
BMW out of the car park? If so, how?" and 
finally ^Haw do you avoid going to sleep at 
6:30?" 

CONTACTING THE BALROG 

Th& Balrog can be contacted c-o Amstrad Action, 
Future Publishing Limited, 4 Queen Street, Bath 
BA1 1EJ. 
The Balg does his best 1o keep up his corre- 
spondence^ but f m afrairflhai I cannot answer 
individual pleas lor help. If you re really stuck in 
a game then check out the Lora$ i LBdte$ of 
Adv$ntur$. where Ihere is bound to be a l>rave 
Balrog who can render more timely assistance 
than I. If you are reai'ly stuck, then send in your 
pleas and I wlit prim ihem in the help section. 
As always, I am interested to hear from read- 
ers on any subject to do with adventures and will 
Include your Setters in the column whenevet 
space permits. 



The Lords and Ladies of Adventure 



Hail the Lords & Ladies of Adventure! Bow 
down at their feet, you miserable lot out 
theiip and beg for their assistance in times 
of toll and vioe. And if you're too proud to 
do that, then get off your backsides and 
write in to join th^m^ Everlasting fame 
awaits those A/nold-venturers who offer 
help to those less fortunate tban them- 
selves. 

Ae aJways, send an SAE when writing - 
and keep phone calls to sociable hoursf 

Message from Andromeda ■ Heroes of Karn * 
Forest at the Worlds Bnd ■ DAA n' 



Ev^iything • Trial of Arnold ■ Jewels of 
Babylon • Mbrdons Qu<3st • Hobtait ■ Lord of 
the Rings ■ Planet of Death. 
Bob 1 love Probe' Adams, 81 Uplands, 
Welwyn Garden City, Herts. AL8 7E8. 




Cricket Crazy ■ Life Term ■ Smashed ■ 
Mindshadow ■ Rigeb Revenge, 
Paul Daykin, 93 Huminersknott Avenue, 
Darlington. Co. Durham DL3 8RR. 

Colossal Adverttuie ■ Heroes of Karn ■ 
Message from Androineda. 
Stuart Mason, Flat E3/3.5, Lupton Flals, 
Alma Road, Leeds 6. 

Souls of Darkon • Kobyashl Naru ■ Venom ■ 
Mystery Indus Valiey ■ Gnome Ranger 
Wendy Watters, 82 Booth Road, Stacksteads, 
Bacup. Lancashire, 0L13 OSF (0706 8T7S18K 



AMSTltAD JkCTiOM BT 



DT9> SERIES 



First Edition 



So you Ve got your words and 
you've got the pictuies - but 
until you Ve read this month^s 
instalment, have you got your- 
self a layout? ADAM PETERS 
puts on Ms designei hat and pro- 
duces a page,., 

We^ve ta<:kted &B Ihree topics of te^ct, 
artwork and layout in turn for reasons 
of stmpizciiy. Bui although there is a 
sensible progression in ttiat order, it is often 
only when you stan to consider the layout oJ 
the fmjshed page thai yoia will gel a dear 
indication of what is needed m the way of 
illusiralive matenal (artwork) to aocompany 
the text 

The designing and laying OMi of pages is 
one of the most fun aieas Ln the production 
of a magazine If you own Stop Ftess or a sim- 
ilar package, life is a [ot easiei. since you can 
produce completed pages on screen, 
incorporating headlines . columns of text, text 
flowing lound graphics and so or 

If you"re having to mahe do with a WP 
package and a couple of sheets of Letraset, 
you can sikU do all the same things, but it will 
require a lot more time and pauence. (Making 
text flow ^ound graphics is an aheoluie 
nightmare and tahes hours of cafeful mea- 
surement], 

StiU, whatever design tools you have at 
your disposal, what bettei way to look at 
page layout than by laying out a page f trick 
question)^ 

There are many different ways to go about 
It. Peisonally [ like hornble, garish headlines 
in lots diffetent typefaces that l^^p straight 
out of the page and grab the reader hy the 
thioat. You. may piefer a mote subtle 
appfoach. 

Most High Street magazines gam their 
'ptofessionar appearance from two factors 

Firstly, they are produced on outrageously 
e^cpensjve systenis and typeset on machines 
that could quite comfortably fill a large semi- 
detached house in Keswick. 

Secondly, they use a standard format for 
^1 their pages ajid a limited number of type- 
faces 

AA. foi instance, uses almost exclusively 
Helvetica and Gtypha (with Courier foi list- 
ings) People who favour this moie spartan 
appioach may find themselves reaching for a 
sick bag dunng the course of this instalment 
(or if they don't happen to be reading this on 
a plane, whatever comes lo handl. 



• Step One: the words 

As our starting point let's lake a single page of 
text. It s an article telhng everyone why the 
CPC is the best thing since sliced cheese. At 
the moment it's a single block spanning the 
width of the page (72 characters}, ff you think 
you should start by adding the headlme. Fd 
strongly advise against [t. The headline can be 
any length or width you like, and it's a Sot easi- 
er to taiior the size of the headline to fit v^hat 
^ace is left once you've kid out the main 
txxly of the page. 

One deasion you do need to make now 
regards the position of the headline. Will it nm 
widthways aaoss the page {as you'd expect it 
to) Di lengihvvays down the edge (this can be 
particularly effective with double pages with 
two- word headlines, where one word runs 
down the left side of the left hand page, the 
other down the right side of the right hand 
page). There are other aitematives, such as a 
heading m a tnangle m one comer of the page 
or m a circle m the centre. We'll opt for the 
sensible actoss-tbe-top method for this exam- 
ple Now we know we can work across the 
whole vtndtb of the page, but we roust try to 
leave some space at the top. 

• Step Two: columns 

We leaUy need tJO organise our text into 
columns. Columns not only make a page look 
more presentable, they also make reading it a 
tot easier on the eye. The number of columns 
adopted is usually three for an A4 page and 
two for an A6 page. 

One problem you can encounter with 
CQlumns. however, is that you get a lot of 
'nvers" runnsng thiough them (i.e. the spaces 
between words, where only two or three have 



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made it onto a line, running together down the 
page). You now enter hyphenation city, where 
you fmd yourself madly hyphenating words to 
get nd of some of the gaps Once you start 
adjusting column widths to whizz round 
graphics and box^ some of the hyphenated 
words reappear on a single line and. . aaarrgh! 
Were going for two columns (though we're 
working on an A4 page, we are assummg it 
will be reduced to A5 when printed}. We're 
also going to reduce the width of the leia, from 
pica flO characters per inch} to elite (12 cpi). 
This is mainly because standard (pica) charac- 
ters are too fat. though it also has the advan- 
tage of offsetting the reduction in the amount 
of text you can fit on a page (an unavoidable 
by produa of the use ot columns}, 

• Step Three: boxing lessons 

Now that we've got a clear idea of the page, 
we on decide what we want to add. Firstly, a 
bos( of text might be a mce idea. Paragraphs 
four and five are concerned with the CPC's his- 
tory. These can be removed and pui m a box at 
the bottom right o( the page This box wilJ be 
one and a half tolunms wide (the main text is 
B6 characters mde under elite: the box wiU be 
64 chaiaaers wide), the text wilt be in a dLfler- 
ent typeface, there will be a subheading {'A 
History Lesson') and a photograph ol Mr Sugar. 
It s best to get this box worked out before 
workmg on the main Lexl (so you know how 
high It wil] be). "Boxing' is a very useful way to 
break text up - and no, [ don t mean putting 
big red gkives on and bdtmg the pages 

• Step Four: artwork 

A Single photo isni really enough illu^ative 
material so we'll also want an iliustration 






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A page. 










* 2. Arranging the itxl Info ookinins - lnipn»es 
madabitity. 



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within ihe niam teKX, We can either do the 
drawing first and then tailor the text to maie 
room for A, or vice versa. Wei] opt for the for- 
mer, since we're gomg to wan^ text to flow 
around the drawing and we like maMng 
ihjngs difficult for ourseEves,.. 

Using a copy of the sheet from step two, 
we position the bOK and drawing where we 
warn ihejn to go and then draw round them 
Since ihe box is iigh[-hEav7 {t e. on the right 
of the page), the drawing will want to lean 
more to the left. 

Once we have our ouilines we can work 
out how many characiers will fit onto each 
Un^ (leaving one or two cteracteis space 
between the ait and tex!). It's then a matter 
ol removing the text used m the box from the 
main piece (if ?ow haven't already done so] 
and adding paragraph breaks where neces- 
sary. There's a lot of Choice as to how you 
break up paiagiaphs. Leaving a line is the 
neatest; aitematives aie mdenlaiion or noth 
ing at all (which is a bit dodgy when the pre 
vious paragraph ends right at the end of the 
line]. 

Now, we have the arduous job of adjusting 
ruler lines to open up' space (or the drawing 
and box Its tnaJ and enoi as to whether 
everything wiU fit on the page, which is on& 
oi the leasons it s best to leave the drawing 
tiU last, ctealing what space you can on the 
p&ge by adjusting the ruler lines- Stop Press 
useis can cheat here, since the vanable 
stretch' comn^nd. together with the wide 
choic?e of type sises, means they can get 
everything lo fit fairly easily 

• Step Five: headHiiies 

Once yon have the texi paxt of youi master 
]Mge ready, simply cut and past« on the box. 
add the illustration and then run off a head- 
line. Stop Press and packages Uke it are ideal 
for this, but even if you're using Letraset you 
ran be a bit adventurous Why not draw a 
large box at the top of the page, then add 
some diagonal lines inside it and rub your let- 
ters down onto that? 

In our cas«, we won't be boxing the head^ 
Line since it v^fould 'dash' with the bold box 




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ONE I MADE EARLIER 



Here are a ooupFe of eKamples ol layoul proN 
duced entirely on Sfop Press. To Ihe left 
Is a magazine cover When inijially pi}\ 
together. Ihe masthead was unboxed and 
in siandard black on white. H was losing 
out' 10 the lour boxes below. I put a box 
around ll, which helped a bit, and then, purn^ 
ly as an experitfient, invertf»^ the boK. t soon 
reaiisec^ this is what it had r^eeded all along. 
To Ihe right is a poster d*iigned enlrrely with 
Ihe Stop Press package. The border look hours 
of careful copying. s{:rolling andioom-^diting lo 
produce, but added a lot lo the finished page. 
Motto^ Be experimental. Atler al]. eI people 
hadn t been ex peri menial we d still be writing 
our magazines on ca¥e walls with a stone lied to 
a stick {something like that, anyway). 



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we already have. This bold box |we may have 
gone a bit over the top in the ihichness of the 
lines) also means we nee<i a very bold head- 
kne, otherwise the eye will be drawn down 
rather than up Once we've run that off. if^ 
simply a case of glueing it down and, voOa! - 
the completed page. 

The one thing that's missing is the page 
nnmber. Td reoommend this is left off until 
just before you go to print, since the order of 
Uie magazine can very easily change at the 
last minute Id also recommend Letraset 
page niimbers. since the cutiuig and pasting 
<A lots of tmy bits of paper is a very messy 
tmieconsuming and accident-prone job. 

This is just one way of laying out a pa$e. 
Ours is very much a text-based page - 
with fewer words to fit in there "d have been 
more room for amstic expeiimenration. 

It's at the layout stage that the magazine 
really becomes your ovim Do you use a single 
typeface, or as many as you've got? Headlines 
In the same typeface^ Headlines in boxes? 
Regular featuies with the same design/head- 
ing? Columns - how many? 




• 4: AfrnngMg -IIJuslrsTiont - malUing Itit flow 
royrKi graphics. 



Next nwnth: How yom go about getting the 
whole thing printed up. Well also be updat- 
ing you as to how Arnold, the 'almost real' 
CFC fanzine is getting along... 

CREATE AND WIN! 

Don 1 torgel the ongoing AA Fffst Edrtfoncom- 
petHioii Answer each question cwreeify and 
you couFd be on the way !o winning a labukHis 
Manrwsmann Tatry MT222 24-pin printer. We'tJ 
i9^ be wanting to see your laruines - the ones 
ywiVe produced attef tollowirq First IdSksn, 
At the end ol the series well print the resi 
or the competition rules- So k^ reading, work 
out to answer to each questionp and get re^ 
to sencf in youf entries- 



Question four 

What is; the subject of tti$ itaontft'i Instal- 
nmttlteit: 

a) paper recycling 

b) indoor fi$hkeepkig 
t) layout 



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% 5: Inf«i1lr}g hndhiws - genertHy muc*i «ssier 
onc« tr>« r«sl of the page his^ been laid out. 



AMSTftAD ACTtOM SB 




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HOURS OF 
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If you Pirate Software you are 
a thief. Thieves wi 
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should be passed to 

The Federation Against Software Theft, 

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ADAM WARING introduces some Festive Frolics this Games only Christmas Edition. 




J Manrjs of Stounnauth ha$ written a game 
wttb a title that Codemasler^ would be proud 
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NinjA Ma^AdBs biave always been fun, but 
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Ccxtema^ters 'Chssi{f. Thaiiks to B Hull and S 
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W© had Shinobi taped for our birthday issue. 
Those of you who found the pace a little mur- 
derous can now relax. That that man, from 
Sale, Mike Wong, biings you inunoratiliy and 
oodles of time. Use this poke and you too can 
b^omfl a throwing star! Tape Method One. 

1 ' Shinobi Covtrt^a 

2 'inifirdte Ivms 



TAPE METHODS 

Puzzled by poking? Baffled by binary? It 
doesn t matter, because entering pokes 
is easy. There are two basic methods for 
tape-based games, which am: 

• METHOD 1 : Rewind the tape to the beginning, 
lype in the poke listing and then type RUN and 
press Itie Enter key (Oon t use the CTRL or Conjrol 
key, or (he poke wonj work). Pre&s the Play key on 
(he cassetie deck, then any key on the main toy- 
board - 1 he Spacebar does riicely. The tape shouki 
ihen play through as nomial. 



3 'by Mike Wcubg 

4 'Amstra^d Action Jan 90 
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courtesy of Mr P Howard 
trora dowtown Mapperiy. 
The effects vary between 
levels, but the result is 
ttie same - you win witii 
out having to try too 
hardf Tape Method 1 



^LlCfHCi TO KILL 
'TAPR VERSION 

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§ METHOD 2: Skfp tHe lirst bit ol the game pro- 
gram. To do tliis. rewind the game lape Id Ihe 
begmning, typ& in Ihe lifting then lype CAT and 
press Enter. Start the t^pe by pressing Play and 
Ihen any key Soon you II see the message FouimJ 
(game name etc) BFock 1 '\ H the Cheat Mode 
instrijchcins Just tell you to sl^ip the first block, 
slop the tape here fndeed. it (he inslfuclions lell 
you lo skip things, slop Ihe tape whei^ ihe Found 
message connes up for ihe fasi thing you re trying 
to skip. Onpce you've stopped Ihe lape. press Eso. 
lype RUN and press Enler. Now press Play on Ihe 
tape deck and any key to start Ihe tape. 



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The Oliver Twins' aliyborne shoot-out. 

Operation Gunship has been overhauJed by 
Grahain Smith of Stzmt Inhnite ammo of 
every kind ha5 been loaded on board and is 
ready for ihe oil Ty]>e it in, dust off, and start 
shootm\ Tape Method I. 



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2 ' B^ Graham Smith 

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BLACK BOX 

Many of you have one of !He infamous btack 
boses Lhat can be used to stop programs ^ 
the Multitace 2. OHen the only thing that 
they re used tor is transferring games from 
tape to disk, but they can also be used to 
hack games for jnfjmie Eives etc 

This occasional section fs for owners of 
the Multiface 2 and similar devices so thai 
they can poke games without typing in huge 
listings. Here s how you enter them. 

• Plug Ihe Multitace into the expansion slot 
at the back of your keyboard, making sure 
that the switch on the front is in the up' 
position 

• Load the game that you want to poke pn 
the usual w^y Move the switch to the down' 
position ortce its loaded 

• Press the red button on the Multfface and 
a menu appears at the bottom of the screefk. 
Press T lor Tool and then H' to chaji^ge 
input to Hexadecimal. 

• Press Ibe Spacebar and type Tn the num- 
ber under the Addr column. Nest, type in the 
number under the Poke column 

• Repeal this process until you have eritered 
all the pokes listed tor the game and then 




He who cheats survives, he Who Dares Wms 
IP. Alligata's game gels the Andrew Price 
ireaimenL, and oms on both the original and 

comptlation version with infinite lives and 
grenades Become a masterblaster with Tape 
Method 1 

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{lUhii} S ' S Mt&r giaiiHA csi^ilation 
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(ClBl) 20 EWV 2,1, 13,1. 1h 0.15,13, -1,5 
(^At) 30 EHV 3,1,13,1.12,-1,3 
{InJU} 40 HHT 3.5,40.1,5,20,1,10,25, 
lOpAv) SO EHV4,11.1.5,2,0/120>11,' 
(IW^} SO EHT -5,14,-10,1x1,120,1 
fIxAu} 7d EHV 5,1,15,1.15,-1,12 | 
(KjAq} 80 SHV €.1,12^112,-1,9 
{Gp/^p} 90 DIV 7,15,-1,2 
{KiAx} 100 rav 0,10,1,1,20,0,1,10,- 
{DqAp^ 110 EIIT -S, 1,1,1 
{DiiAt} 120 rav 9.1,15,1,15,-1,4 
{Bmkv} 130 rar -9,9,5,1,1,-45,1 
{BuAu} 140 LOAD^Ucwckx'.CCTDO 
{HlAr} 150 FOk Ad=4BZ30 TO ABESO 
{QiAv} 1^ 9MAD a$:PCKE ad,\aL( i"44|) 



pres^Esc. 

• Press ft to return to the game. It Ihen 

runs with the pokes you ve just enlered 

J Chan of Stisdler has oompletelv ripped 
CRLs AcademY -Tau Ceu II to pieces using 
hisMultiJace2. 

NB. Ail the entries inarkeft with brackets (|) 

have to be used simultaneously. 



Address 



A3C2 
A3C3 



fiifect 

Miiiite Missiles 

Infinite Ammunition 

[n finite delay bomhs 

intmiie Hares 

No laser heat 



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Infinite shields 



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leo DJmi 

190 DATA 

200 DA1% 

210 mm^ 

220 OM^li 

230 .WZA 

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To skip to the next level of Ocean s Ren&gade 
III simplv hold down QUI and T at any time- 
This also gives you iniliritte Lves loi that level, 
but be careful - you've still got to wat£:h the 



dock! 





CHEAT MOOm 



At last cry-aicf!. Fed up mih dying on US Gold's summer epic, Indiana Jones ai2d the Last 
Crusade? Help ts at hand because a mimber of cmsader^ have discovered a built-in cheat. At 
any point in the game simply hold dov\rn Ehe keys T. O, and D ( Temple of Doom f} theo press 
SHIFT and 2 cogeiher. This will, advance you through the game to ihe next 'restart point'. Used 
repeatedly this enables you to skip whole levels il you wish. 



HO MORIi liliRtlfiS! 

Puzzled by the (unny char&cle/s ai the slat! 
of each Ifne Qt thfcs month s pokes? Worry 
no more - e^ lech^d Pat MacDonald creat- 
ed Tfpewrim, a nifty trtilirty subsequtntly 
refined by Adam Waririg, si^ecificslly lo 
help with the eniry of programs from T//»- 
ins ^ni Cheai Mode 

Typewiitef trrtercepis the CPC irti^never 
a cafrisge relum is entered and cateuJales a 
checksum bas&d on the contents of IM line 
Ihat yoy just typed. The checksum is print- 
ed on screen and you must compare it witfi 
the value printed in Ihe magazine. If both 
are the same then the line is correct - if not 
check the typed \n line and alter it as ™ces- 
sary. Vour type^ns need never be wroiq 
again! 

Simply HUN Typewriter, then start enter- 
ing a type-in. Eiach time you enter a line, a 
checksum will appear on the screen for you 
to compare with the one printed. 

And where do you get hold o1 
Typewrii^ff WeH, if you haven t already got 
It typed in from the Type-ms section in a 
past AA, you can use the copy p/ovided on 
thi? month's Covertape. 

Cquldn t be easier! 



ELITE CLUB 



Elite Roster 



•Aichangel Slathlaze 

Rating: Elite 

Alias: Dermot Friel 

Gaiway Rd. Roscommon Town. Ireland 

^Whai aie ibe ihud and tQimh nmsions?". 

•Conunander How^ 
Rating: Dangerous 
Mas: Tony Howse 
HeswaU, Wirral. 
051342 4196 

•Commander Wmton 1 

Rating: Harmless 

Mas: Edward Winton 

Kingscote Farmhouse, Turners Hill Rdp Ea^i^ 

Grmstead. RH19 4JZ. 

WeediieipdocJtingr' 

•GDinmander A Hilter 

Rating: Unknown 

Alias: J Edge Staveleigh 

1 Otferton Rd. Hazel Grove. Stockiwrt. SK7 

4NJ. 

''Piea^ iniom me of an Elite pok& for lAper 

•Commajider Wilson 

Rating: Competani; 

Alias: MR Wilson 

32 Grass Royal, Yeovil. Somerset. BA21 4LJW. 



Funtime 

A fun tip for all Commanders who pi3ot disk- 
based ships; 11 's not so much a poke as delib- 
erate sabotage, but the results are - well - 
sveirdL 

1 Start the game and go to the load/save 
screen, 

2 Select "Load New Commander"', 

3 Input the Commanders name as Eiit$ and 
press ENTER 

4 The message DISK LOADING ERROR wiU 
appear. 

5 Press '4' to exit the screen. 

6 Piess space to begin the game. 

Some ^ery strange things will now happen. 
You'll hiave all sorts of unusual oargo etc, and 
some strange bugs are let Loose in the game. 
Explore Elite gone craz^ and you'll find it's 



even more fun than usual, U a little less pre- 
dictable. 

IMPORTANT: Never save these games to the 
Elite disk as the cheat corrupts ttiem. 



Commandef Mrllef (!) asts a question 
Ihals i}een repeated many times in recent 
weeks, where are all ttie lapes pokes ror 
Bite? If you ve got one. remember one or 
thjnic you could wrtte one, the skies are 
lull of tape-b&sed Commanders who 
wouid trade their front lasers tor the 
knowledge. The EIrle Pteyer& Club will be 
etemaily grateful too - 1( you know what 
we mean! 





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Take control of The Monster in this hilarious Carfoon Adventure. 
All Cartoon Time Games feature special Cartoon 
Characters, some you will already knoWp others 
like FKANKENSTEIN JNR, are new to the World of computer games. 
The Cartoon Time games are a Collector's Series, 
each with its own unique number. Look out for the 
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ON RESULTS 




Th^ winners of the Amsti^d Action 
PouitA Binhday Compeiiuon have been 
pjcked^ The response was absolutely 
massive, w\xh our overwoihed postman groan- 
ing piieously wiLh every ftesh sackful he had 
10 diag up the staiis In (act, there v^rere so 
many emijes tha^ when it came co choose the 
winneis we had lo hire: 

1 industrial sldp 

1 eatthfflover to shovel all the enines in 

IB LJverpudliaB buUdeis with 

piichlorks to randomise' the entries 

1 hellooptei: to loiter the ed inside 

1 Superdelmce. f ur-ILned velveteen blindfold 

2 gross port pies for support team* 

5 cases of Chateau Collapso to celebrate* 

6 weeks m Ibiza for editor! al recuperauon * 

OK. 50 Vi^e exaggerated. Nevertheless, the 
Foujth Birthday Compo aittracted more entries 
than any AA competition ever befare - enough 
to fill LO Che bnn?. an extremely large cardboard 
box which cDmpletely obscured Trenton's desk 
faDd which we're keeping on for the time 
being) 

We piched the winner by separating entri^ 
mto piles of 100 and then, using a speciail ran 
donusing routine developed by Adam (send 
small piece of papei and cheque for £16.99 m 
Waring Enierprises pic...}, winners were 
picked first by selecting a pile and then one of 
the 100 entries in it So if you didn t win. don t 
blame us. blame Uxxymouve BASiQ 

The niimers-up 

Fii5t of ail. we have eight runners-up (remem- 
ber, iwo prises ^^ bemg held back for over- 
seas entrants). Just to recap, the runners- up 
prizes consisted of (lakes deep breath) 

A Magnum lightgun. Database's Fun 
School II Elearonic Arts" Arctic Fox. Hewson's 
CYbemoiii cyijemoid fl, Siotmiord and 
Exolon. toceotive's Total Edipse and Sphinx 
JiTLx. Level 9's Lancelot and Tim^ ^sid Magik 
Tiilogy. Virgin's Silkworm. hCiWlBiOtCS 
Tunescanne/. Ocean's Renegade, fieneff^d^ JI 
and Jfenegade tU, Rach-IlfTiewson's Anardiy, 
Kin's Gaunifei S. Activisi(ms iieaJ 
CMsibusfersH Hewson's Zynaps and 
Imp^sabaK Electronic Arts' B^fds Tale, a 
year's suhscnptLon to AA. a binder md m AA 
T shirt ! (Grabs oxygen mask.) 



So. without further ado. Our runners^up so 

far are as follows: 

Conrftd Burgess^ IpswTch 

Sammy Buntin, Birminghain 

Michael Chung, Frfe 

Mark Griffiths, Gwent 

Vincent Watters^ Essex 

nichard Erwirii Co* Antrim 

Aaron Montgom«rvi Co. Antrim 

James Waddellr London 

Don't despairi 

If your name isn t on our list of winners, there's 
always next time. Speaking of which, have you 

turned to page 34 yet and checked out our fab- 
ulous CD player oompetatjon? 

No^ Then what aie you waitmg for! 



THE THINGS YOU SAY». 

You JTiay retnefnber Part TtiT^ o- tne compel ft w 
gol you to complete the followre sentence: 
"F wDiild like to win &ne of the fahulous colieesions of 
prizes iti the AA Fourth Birthday Competftior 
becau$e. .' 

Wefl. here are iu&s a few of your answers: 

' . Jwca^ys^ i wish to prove to ao Amiga owner 
that CPCs are h&tter... imsi^s, Im ftf&Hfe"- 
Richard Salter. Liphook 
". . .because t need a binder Id put my A A^ m ^ - 
Kelvin Lear. Leicester 

" . .because t'm a greedy tittle pig. .."- Jarnes 
r^iir. Wakefield 

"...because fftew ^ couid produce the best 
Teenage Mu/ani Ninja Turtles ftnz/w ever, then 
i could reUre arjd infest my office with termites" 
-JMSeatcn. Edinburgh 

We're sorry wre asked.,. 



AND THE WINNER IS... 


OK. here we go. The wlirief o( (he A4 Fourth 


* The RAM Music Machine (Datel) 


ffiffhday Compei^m iS- (rustling of sL^er envelope) 


" Soundblaster. including Hansard ster&o speakers 




and Boxer stereo neadp^ione eompmeni 


N. D. ftijke, Higheler^i Berks! 


* Arctic fox (E^Kiror^ic Arts) 




* C)*emofd(Hewso-i|. 


Cangraty lations! And in case anyone out the^e 


*C^temcitfJ/(Hewso«| 


needs remindrng. here s a list o1 all those fabulCKJS 


• StornitoirifHewson) 


Rrst Prize goodies: 


*ejrafcw[Hwsofl) 




*DaF*S*fe(liicaiTl«} 


^C-IOSarooiMir printer 


*amnkimnm\ 


* Siren BOOK 35" secwd thk drive 


* Tola/ Be/ipM (Incefiftve) 


■ Amstrad (VitgiTi'^MastertroncI ft^sgnum h^m 


* Tola! Edfpse tl Sphm^ Jinx {Incentive) 


- OusWas Pbs Version 2 (Seven Slars) 


•Larteetof(Leve19] 


*iH'>ifOffi^ //I Database} 


* TlmG and Mcpk Tnhgy [Level 9) 


* Slop Press {D^lRbasB] 


*Sik]/^rm\\i\iq\r\\ 


■ Stop Press Uiflibe^ (Dgjaftase) 


* r/me Scanner (Activi&ioni 


- MAX [Database) 


* Renegade [Ocean i 


'Fun School a [Dmb^^] 


* Renegade it (Oceanj 


' Th^ Af nor Protect collection - 


^ Renegade ni[Oc^^n] 


Pfotm on ROM 


* f^afcny\Vi^'\\'Hmion) 


PfomergeooKM 


^BauMietiuKm) 


Pmpeliiyi ROM 


' Real Ghosibijsiers (Adivisiofi) 


'iMpiswRCM 


*Zyn5(p5(Hewson) 


- T^nmoson Cotnotriers MaiFnefoe bforial) i^^) 




^ JtfAXM versioni 5 <^ ROM 


* Baids Tate [Elect?wtc Arte} 


' ...and of otrse a ROM&O ROA* box to hoU m 




Itiese wrtderW ROM goodifls! 


-Stumingorwhat? 








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Insider dealing 



That cracking fellow PHIL 
HOWARD lifts the lid on loading 
this month in the eighth and last 
{oh no!) instalment of Insider 
Dealing. But is this reaiJythe 
end,,? 



I'm willmg to b^t that nearly everyone 
reading this, wh&lh^r they own 464.664 
01 6128, has m thesr cime loaded and 
a$ed tape -based sofw^r$, i know it's slow, 
cumbersome and sometimes unreliable, plu^ 
it can be a real pam m mulliloads. but its one 
redeeming grace is thai tt's always cheapej 
than the disk versjon - someihing close to the 
most ardent djscologei^ heart 

Personally, ] prefer tapes to disks. The pio- 
Sections may be more difdcalt (the awful US 
Gold [Qader is thiee times longer on tape, and 
I stil] can't find a way to get around S. 
Marsden + D. Cooke's unique system used on 
DBtl^kioi and BSood Bmhers), but there's 
something oonvanient atxsut the sequentiaj 
loading o[ a tape. 

Mineral magnetism 
It is a fact that, excluding ROM based soft- 
ware. aU programs (or the CPC are mass- 
reproduced on the magnetic storage mediums 
of either tape cassette or disk. The ability to 
gain control o^et the system which transfers' 
the program horn store into the <x>mputer's 
memory means you can be involved at a time 
when data (in hacking teims] is at its most 
vulrterablie. 

There are a muJtitude of technicpies used 
in data transfer. Basically however they all 
shift the information one BIT at a tim&, as 
electrical representations ol and 1 {Bmary). 
The information is then collecied into BYTES 
(8 BITS} which are positioned one after anoth- 
er in the oompmers memory 

You win find that knowledge of the cas- 
sette/disk system is one of the first essentials 
to succesful hacking. 

Headers you win 

The CPC has its own built-in system for load- 
ing and saving programs w tape and to disk 
The TAPE system involves two ROM calJs: 
CAS WBITE at &BC9E. which saves data onto 
tape, and CAS READ at &BCA1. wluch loads 
!l back. These ROM calls are fairly easy to 
use. but cannot be accesed without a 
machine code program to "drive" them, as 
they require that you pass parameters on 
when they are called. 

There are three of these par ameteTS which 



specity what the routine should do : Stan. 
Lengih and the Synchronisauon Character ot 
the file to be saved or loaded 

The Start is specified by the HL" register 
paiL and can be anything from &0000 to 
SFFFF. The Lengih is also in thi^ range and is 
specified by '^DE". The Sync Character is one 
byte &00 to &FF contained in the "A'^ regis- 
ter, and is used to identify (or protect) the 
HEADERLESS FILE, as the results of this 
operation are called. 

This method of saving or loading is not 
really possible from BASIC because there is 
no adequate way Lo specify the parameters. 
Lacomouve BASIC employs a system com- 
monly caUed a Block Loader which saves out. 
and loads back, data m blocks of 2 kilobytes 
(2048 bytes), each of which has its own 

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• HEADREAD - BASIC llsiing. Ail the Informslion 
y^u are likely l[) need to manipulate bloc^-savfd 
|9rogfairi$ [tape or dJsK). 



Header By doing this, the process is made 
rather more automatic and represents t^nsjd- 
erably less hassle for the u$$t. 

The lerm HEADER is given to a short 
block of data that the computer reads m first. 
It contains all the information needed to 
enable the correct positioning and subse- 
quent execution of a program in the comput- 
ers memory. 

If you listen to a program block loading 
from tape yoy wiU he^r a tone (the Leader} 
followed fiy a shon, higher puched burst of 
data [Ehe Header}, back to the tone,, then a 
longer burst of data (the program file}, a 
sequence that is repeated for each 2K block. 
The bursts of data are themselves two indi- 
vidual headerless fiJes. which the oomputgr is 
programmed to read m sequence. Header and 
data files are given two different synchronisa- 
tion characters, m order lo tell ihem apart - 
Headers use &2C whilst data uses &16 

The header consists ol 64 bytes of irrfor- 
mation: 

00-15: FILENAME (ASCII Characters) 

16s BLOCK N U MBER ( No . smce start of 
file} 

17: LAST BLOCK (&FF il it is. if not) 

la: FILE TYPE (See beiowj 

19+20: DATA LENGTH (Of this block - up to 
&800 or 2k) " 

21+22: DATA LOCATION (Start address of 
this block) 

23: FIRST BLOCK (&FF if it is, if not) 

24+25: LENGTH (Length of entire file) 

26+27 : ENTRY POINT ( Execuuon ^ if allocat- 
ed} 

28-64: UNALLOCATED 

Byte no. IB, the file type, tells the computer 
which of the five different styles of data to 
expect (when using CAT the computer adds 
36 to the numb&r to make the identification 
character piintable, i,e. 0»" S : 1="%". a='''&'\ 
eicj 



0: 
1; 
2: 
3: 
4: 



BASIC 

PROTECTED BASIC 
BINARY 

PROTECTED BINARY 
ASCn 



A& you can probably see. there is precious lit- 
tle difference between protected and un-pro- 
t^CXed files (the computer checks byte IS of 
the first header) Generally, lackimg and over- 
coming this built-iB protection system is the 
fir^t thing that hackers discover how to do- 
Protected binary, by the way. isn't protected 
at all. aJthough some momtors wi£ not ]oad it. 
Disk programs are vei^ simiiai - they also 



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iieed a block of mformation indicatiDg wh^re 
the file i^ lo he in the memorv The codB is 
tlien picked up from various locauoiis on the 
disk. With the disk system, howevern it is pos^ 
sible to use the CPM enviiomaent. which 
requiies no header. Instead, it loads (boots) a 
small file direct from the disk into the oompui- 
ei s memoty. This is achieved by eKecuimg a 
I CPM instniction. It automaLicallv takes track 
sector 41 from the disk and mos it at &0100. 
The ROM routine which pedonns this task 
can be accessed using the program BOOT- 
SECT. 

The majoriiy Of comercial tape software 
uB^ a speedlock loading sy^em of one type or 
another, which, as jt5 name implies, consists 
of a faster than normal toadei buried degp 
within lh€ protection of the first block-loaded 
file. They are seoue because the data can 
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# 600TSECT - BASIC Haling. Tq read inlorrnatlon 
dir£fCl frain disk: load lefislfr^ "ML'' with dtistina- 
lion address. C wilh SECTOR. D^ v^^h TRACK, 
Bn4E with DRIVE HO. 



loader Ii is possible lO 
emulate the loader and 
use il LO load the code in 
isolationH but by fax che 
be$i method is to capture 
the sys:iem after jt ha;S 
done lis work. This is how 
copiers/cheats function. 

Compaiative trick- 
sters 

Recently (within the last 
(ew months]. 1 have 
recieved a couple of reaUy 
good ideas on how to 
Cheat - ideas that 1 hadn't 
previously considered . 

The fiiHt comes from 
Charles Osborne of 
Btadfoid on Avon, who •O^^'-M-nyoames 

suggests that because some games have a 
Save option buili in. it is possible to modify 
the proceedings by fiddling wnth the saved 
file. He Cites Koroms Ml as his tnal game By 
savmg the position just pnor to loosing ener^ 
gy. then again just alter, and comparing the 
files, any differences can be pmpointed to the 
reduction process. It is then possible to create 
a new file, with vastly increased energy 
reserves. 

On disk the modifi^ttons can be made via 
a di^k editor, taut on tape the file mimt be 
rewritten completely. This can be implement 
ed at various ""stickmg points" during the 
game, and put back alter il required 

Thanks Charles, I have had a go at the 
saved hie on lieniiy Dalglish Sbcce/ ManBgei 
myself and found that although it consists of 
three headerless files (sync characiei &I6, tf 
you are interesiod) it is possible to give your 
team lots and kits of extra cash tt also may be 
a good idea for adventure fans to have a look 
at their saved positions 




INTO THE FIRE(BIRD) 



Do you rerTKmber when I was talking aboul 
In and Out instructions? The tact Ihal the 
tape motor is controlled by bit 4 on the ' C" 
channel ot the PPI c^ip ai port jiFdOQ? Well, 
not only can yoM switch the motor on and 
oh, you can also delect its state by reading 
the information \H from the same port. Try: 

OUT 4F6(K}.ft10 ^00010000 in binary); 

Tape motor od. 
PRINT BIN$^fNP(&F60O),fl): 

Reads the cNp 
OUT iF600.&DO (DOOOOOOO in Ijinary): 

Tape motor olt. 
PRINT BlNS<lNP{ftF600) ,81 : 

Reads ihe chip^ 

Meanwhile, down at &Q03S in the Fnemory Is 
XhB machine s Interrupt Vector This is the 
function thai enabies Ihe CPC to wurk in 
reai4ime (when you press a button, some* 
thing happens). The operating system 



toops round and round via the vector, 
endlessly checking on the keyboard, updat- 
ing the screen etc. This loop is only halted 
when a machine code mstruction &F3 
{Disable Interrupts) is evoked. 

Vou may wonder what on earth all this is 
leading to. WelL it is possible to capture the 
interrupt v«tor pnd re-route d through a 
program ol your own (careful how you do it, 
though}, Vou can then monitor happenings 
in real-hme. Happenings like - tor instance 
- whether the motor has bee^n switched off 
at the end of a game loading. (Do you get 
the Idea?) 

This method can then be linked up to 
the BACKDUMP program in AA 48 it you 
have expanded memory, or your own save 
routine it not. It is a method used in princi- 
ple on at least one ol the major copying uiil- 
llief . If you are in doubt how to do it, have a 
look at some of the recent cheat routines 
for Firebird games. 



Ihai can be "got at" via lh« saved posilion. 

The second idea is a similar method for 
MtiltiJace owners, and comes from Martin 
Arimtstead ol Kendal, He suggests that most 
games store variables (lives, energy, levels 
etc.} m an area o( memory usually less than a 
couple of hundred bytes long that can be 
scanned fairly quickly using th€ Muliiface 
window. 

He says. "Tou look for instructions loading 
CO, or from the same area of meniory, e.g. Id 
A,(a400Dj, Id A.{&400A), IdjMOtO). A Make a 
note of where the memory area is Reload and 
run the game, stop it with the Multiface and 
have a look through the memory area for a 
number that resembles the hves you have. 
Make a tkOt& of the address. Use W to return 
to the game. Now debberately lo^e a life or 
whatever, then stop the game and have 
another look to see if the numbers have 
changed If you get the nght address, try pok^ 
ing It with a higher value and leturn to the 
game once more. Next time you loose a lite, a 
higher or unprintable value will be dis- 
played.' 

Martm goes on to say that most of the 
speedlock protection sy^ems were them- 
selves originally lifted from ZX Spectrum ROM 
routines by games programmers wishing to 
safeguard then work. Then when the 
Anistrad came along they were modified to 
work with the CPC's port instructions. Most 
mteresting, Manin. thanks very much. Its 
nice to know who the real pnates are 



PENULTIMATUM 

Now I've just abotrt njn out of pubiishable lech- 
niques, and was intending lo make Ihis Ihe last 
one in the series. But due to incredible demand 
jwell, no-one aclualty saMthey were sick to 
de^tti of it!}, ) will alteinpt another couple of 
pages next rwnlti. Also, as a few people have 
asl^ed about Gelepersoft s Poke Easy P^us pro- 
gram -and like me got littJe response trom the 
lirm in quesiion) there will be some psiniers tor 
I hat. So now i your last chance lo wriie and let 
iiie know whai I Ve noi explained well enough 
over the tasi eight rriQnths, Have a Happy 
Christmas. 



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